Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Lehigh
March 15, 2008
BETHLEHEM, PA - George Washington baseball split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Lehigh as the teams opened their three-game, non-conference series. The Mountain Hawks took game one, in seven innings, 2-1, while the Colonials claimed the nightcap, 10-4. After Saturday's action, GW is now 7-7 on the season, and Lehigh is 10-7. The loss put an end to Lehigh's six-game winning streak and marked just their second loss of the year to a non-ranked opponent.
Despite the split, GW outscored Lehigh in the two games, 11-6, and slugged .441, compared to the home team's .276.
Individually, GW was led by senior catcher Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA/Broad Run), who, in the two games, went a combined 3-for-5 with a home run (1), a double and four RBI. His homer, the second of his career and his first since May 25, 2006, was a two-run shot to left field and secured the GW win in game two.
The Colonials also got strong pitching in both of the games. GW needed just three pitchers on the day, and combined they allowed just five earned runs and struck out 16 in 15 innings pitched. Sophomore RHP Ryan Lapointe (Somersworth, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy), the game two starter, picked up the win to improve his record to 2-0. Junior Pat Lehman (Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn), who made appearances in both games, earned the save in the day's second contest. In the two games, Lehman pitched three shutout innings and tallied five strikeouts.
In Saturday's game one, scheduled for seven innings, Lehigh scored first, when Andy Russell was hit by a pitch and eventually came around to score on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the second inning. GW tied the game at one in the third on a Sean Rockey (Sammamish, WA/Eastlake/Columbia Basin CC) sacrifice-fly to right field that plated Doug Eizen (Philadelphia, PA/The Haverford School). The Mountain Hawks fought back in the fifth to score the eventual game-winning run. Brendon McGaheran led-off with a single, stole second and then scored on a double hit by Austin Borden.
Joe Matteo (3-0) picked-up the win for Lehigh. The senior worked the whole game and struck out three while allowing six hits and the one run. GW junior LHP Chris Neary (Phoenix, AZ/Sunnyslope/Scottsdale CC) suffered the loss, despite striking out six in five innings pitched, to fall to 0-3.
In game two, GW took an early 1-0 lead in the first, after Sean Rockey led-off with a single, advanced to second on a bunt, moved to third on a wild-pitch and then scored on a groundout. However, Lehigh took control of the game with a run in the third and then three more in fifth on Andy Russell's bases-clearing single. The Colonials pushed across a run in the seventh on a sac-fly off the bat of Will Cooper (McLean, VA/Gonzaga College HS) to cut the Lehigh lead to 4-2.
The Colonials then took the lead with three runs in the top of the eighth. Andrew Abokhair drove in two runs with his pinch-hit double and then scored when sophomore Curtis Eward (Oak Hill, VA/Oakton) singled into left field. Then, in the top of the ninth, with a 5-4 lead, GW exploded for five more runs to put the game out of reach and secure the win.
SS Sean Rockey began the scoring with a two-run home run, his second four-bagger of the season. Sophomore Tom Zebroski (Port Washington, NY/Paul Schreiber) and senior Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) followed with back-to-back doubles to score another run, and then two batters later, Abokhair capped the scoring with a two-run home run of his own, deep to left field, giving GW the 10-4 lead, their final margin of victory. It marked the first time this season that GW has hit two homers in the same inning.
George Washington and Lehigh will complete their three-game series Sunday, Mar. 16, at 12:00 p.m.