GW Baseball Storms Past Georgetown in 14 Innings, 8-6
Albright Pitches 7.2 Innings of Relief for the Win
March 18, 2012
BETHESDA, Md. - For the second day in a row the George Washington baseball team outlasted District rival Georgetown in extra innings, as the Colonials won the rubber match of the series by topping the Hoyas, 8-6, on Sunday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field.
GW (6-12) how now won three of the last four games and four out of the last six.
Georgetown (11-9) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI double from Matt Garza, but the Colonials responded in the third inning.
Senior Matt Murakam led off the third with a double to the gap in left-center field. After advancing to second on a passed ball, Murakami came in to score on an RBI single from junior Justin Albright.
Senior Brett Bowers extended the inning by reaching on a throwing error, which advanced Albright to third. Junior Derek Brown then reached on a fielder's choice which scored Albright. Sophomore Owen Beightol then lined a double to left field which gave the Colonials a 3-1 lead.
The two teams traded runs in the fourth inning, with senior Stephen Oswald providing an RBI double to put the Colonials on top, 4-1. A solo home run from the Hoyas' Steve Anderson cut the lead to 4-2.
Georgetown added a run in the bottom of the fifth, but a sacrifice fly by Oswald and an RBI single from Bowers plated two runs for the Colonials to extend the lead to 6-3.
Junior Tyler McCarthy started the game for the Colonials and allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts. He gave way to Albright, who shifted to the mound after starting the game at designated hitter, in the seventh inning.
Albright's only blemish on the afternoon was allowing two runs in the ninth inning, which forced extra innings. He settled down to earn the win by striking out seven batters and scattering seven hits in 7.2 innings of work.
The game remained tied until the top of the 14th, when the Colonials scored the winning runs. Oswald led off the inning with a double to deep center field. He advanced to third on a bunt single from Bowers and scored when junior Derek Brown provided the game winning RBI for the second day in a row, a single to center field. The Colonials added an insurance run when Bowers scored on a sacrifice bunt from senior Ryan Thomas.
Albright allowed two hits but stranded the base runners with consecutive strikeouts to earn his first win of the season.
Albright finished 1-of-5 from the plate with one RBI and two runs scored. He also drew two walks.
Bowers finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and two walks to raise his team-best batting average to .391. He is followed by Oswald, who finished 4-of-6 with two RBIs and one run to raise his average to .324.
Beightol also finished with four hits on the afternoon with one RBI.
The Colonials will return to action on Tuesday afternoon with a visit to College Park, Md., to take on the Maryland Terrapins. First pitch from Shipley Field is scheduled for 6 p.m.