GW Splits Doubleheader with Marist
Colonials Walk-Off With Game One Win
March 18, 2007
ARLINGTON, VA - George Washington baseball used a one out, two RBI double from freshman Will Cooper in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Marist 12-11 in the first game of a doubleheader played Sunday at Barcroft Park.
The Colonials (6-12) fell in Game Two by a final score of 5-4, in eight innings (the game was originally scheduled as a seven-inning contest). The Red Foxes of Marist are now 2-11 overall.
In the opening game, GW fell behind early before rallying for the win. Marist took a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning and a 7-2 advantage into the bottom of the fifth. The Colonials' comeback began with a two-run home run by junior Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) in the fourth. GW added another run in the fifth when senior Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ/Wall) singled to right center to drive in Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA/Broad Run).
In the sixth inning, Chris Marsicano (Old Tappan, NJ/Bergen Catholic) laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Whitey Wallace (Syracuse, NY/Phillip Exeter Academy) from third base. Junior Gavin Swanson followed with a single to left field to plate Abokhair. GW added another run in the seventh when Shupin doubled and then came around to score on a single by freshman Tom Zebroski (Port Washington, NY/Paul Schreiber).
Trailing 8-6, the Colonials took their first lead of the game when they scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth, all with two outs. Shupin, Zebroski, Michael Parker (Newton, MA/Newton South) and Kruer had consecutive RBI-hits to pace the scoring.
The GW lead was short-lived, however, as Marist reclaimed control of the game, plating three runs in the top of the ninth, capped by Ryan Gauck's two-RBI double.
After Abokhair grounded out to lead off the bottom of the ninth for the Colonials, trailing now 11-10, pinch-hitter Curtis Eward (Oak Hill, VA/Oakton) singled into center field. Junior Gavin Swanson (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall College) was up next and drew a walk. Both him and Bryan Hwang (Northvale, NJ/Northern Valley-Old Tapan), who entered the game as a pinch runner for Eward, advanced a base on a Marist passed ball. With runners now at second and third, freshman pinch-hitter Will Cooper (McLean, VA/Gonzaga College HS) smashed a double into right field to score both runs and win the game for the Colonials.
Sophomore Pat Lehman (Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to earn the win (1-2). Marist's Sandy Sussman (0-3), who gave up the tying and winning runs, was tagged with the loss. Shupin led the Colonials offensively, finishing with three hits, two runs scored and two RBI.
In Game Two, originally scheduled as a seven-inning contest, Marist defeated GW by a final score of 5-4 in eight innings. Matthew Lesyk's RBI single in the top of the eighth proved to be the game-winner.
Senior Derek Haese (Littleton, CO/Dakota Ridge/UC-San Diego) pitched all eight innings in the loss (1-4). Haese allowed five runs, three earned, while striking out eight batters. Tom Close (1-1) pitched the final four innings to earn the win for Marist.
The two teams were originally scheduled to play a three-game series beginning on Friday, but winter weather and poor field conditions forced a postponement of Friday's game and a cancellation of Saturday's game. GW is now 3-2 all-time against Marist.
Next up for George Washington is a trip to Delaware State on Tuesday for a game with the Hornets beginning at 3:00 p.m.
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