Late Rally Falls Short as GW Baseball Falls to Monmouth, 6-5
Beightol Gets Three Hits to Lead Four With Multiple Hits
March 15, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team scored two late runs and had the tying run on third base in the eighth inning but was unable to complete the comeback as the Colonials fell to Monmouth, 6-5, on Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park in the middle game of a three-game set.
GW's pitchers registered 11 total strikeouts against just one walk, led by starter Aaron Weisberg, who fanned six batters but took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings of work.
After a scoreless opening two innings, Monmouth (3-8) plated three runs in the top of the third inning on a RBI double, sacrifice fly and run-scoring base hit.
The Colonials (5-10) cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the fourth when freshman Eli Kashi delivered a two-run single up the middle to make the score 3-2.
The Hawks responded in the top half of the fifth with consecutive RBI doubles from Jake Gronsky and Danny Avella to push the lead back to 5-2.
Senior Owen Beightol led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to the gap in left-center field and advanced to third on an infield single by freshman Cody Bryant before scoring on a throwing error, pulling the Colonials within two runs of the lead at 5-3.
Monmouth responded once again in the seventh, getting a sacrifice fly from Avella for what proved to be the game-winning run, making the score 6-3.
The Colonials rallied in the eighth inning when Beightol collected his third hit of the day, a one-out single to right-center field. Bryant followed with a double into the left field corner, and freshman Bobby Campbell lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Beightol. Sophomore Matthieu Rober followed with an RBI single to make the score 6-5.
Kashi then reached on an error, allowing Robert to advance to third but a strikeout ended the inning, and Monmouth's Jeff Paglione pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.
TJ Hunt earned the win for Monmouth after allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
Beightol finished 3-for-3 with three runs and a walk while Campbell was 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Robert added a pair of hits in addition to one RBI and Kashi was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
GW and Monmouth will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.