Best's Two Homers Not Enough to Rally Baseball in 10-5 Loss to Marist
Junior Jimmy Best Homered in Fifth and Ninth Innings, Colonials Drop Second Straight to Red Foxes
March 19, 2011
ARLINGTON, VA - Marist left-hander Chad Gallagher allowed just three hits over eight innings and Jon Schwind hit a pair of home runs to lead the Red Foxes to a 10-5 victory over George Washington in a non-conference college baseball game Saturday at Barcroft Park.
Marist picked up where it left off Friday by scoring seven runs in the first two innings. Ricky Pacione hit a two-run triple to open the scoring in the top of the first inning and scored when Michael Gallic reached on an error. In the second Mike Orefice had a two-run single and Schwind followed with a two-run home run to give the Red Foxes a 7-0 lead.
Schwind added his second homer of the day and fourth of the season in the top of the fifth. Marist added two unearned runs in the seventh, taking advantage of a pair of George Washington errors.
Gallagher (4-0) retired the first nine batters he faced and allowed just three hits, singles in the fourth and eighth innings to Brendon Kelliher and a two-out solo home run by Jimmy Best in the fifth. Gallagher walked one and struck out three.
The Colonials rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth after Gallagher left the mound. Justin Albright hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, then Best slugged a three-run homer, his second of the day and of the year.
Joe Richardson (0-4) took the loss for George Washington, allowing eight runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. Kenny O'Brien pitched well in relief, allowing five hits and two unearned runs in four innings.
The Colonials and Red Foxes conclude the three-game series Sunday at Barcroft Park at 12 pm.