GW Baseball Rallies But Falls, 8-6, at Maryland
Colonials Score Three In the Ninth But Strand Tying Run
March 20, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The George Washington baseball team pulled within two runs of Maryland in the top of the ninth inning but the Colonials stranded the tying run on second base as the Terps came away with an 8-6 win on Tuesday night at Bob "Turtle" Smith Field.
GW (6-13) trailed 4-0 entering the sixth inning but scored three runs to cut the deficit to one. Junior Ryan Hickey led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Senior Stephen Oswald followed with a single through the right side to score Hickey. Senior Brett Bowers extended the sequence with a single to center field and advanced later with Oswald on a wild pitch. With runners on second and third and junior Derek Brown at the plate, Maryland (15-6) left fielder Ryan Holland committed an error that scored Bowers and Oswald to pull GW within one, 4-3.
Maryland went up 5-3 in the bottom half of the sixth with a sacrifice fly by Korey Wacker. The Terps added three runs in the eighth with RBI hits from KJ Hockaday and Jordan Hagel to push the lead to 8-3.
Sophomore Owen Beightol, who extended his hit streak to seven games with a double in the second inning, led off the ninth with a base hit. Junior Kyle Gelling drew a walk and then a single by Hickey loaded the bases with one out.
Senior Matt Murakami earned a RBI by working out of a 1-2 count to draw a bases-loaded walk. Following a pitching change, Oswald came to the plate and lined the first pitch to center field to bring in two runs and cut the deficit to 8-6.
Bowers drew a walk to load the bases again but the rally stalled and Maryland escaped with the win.
Oswald finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs and one run scored while junior Derek Brown extended his team-best hitting streak to eight games with a single in the fifth inning.
Beightol and Hickey finished with two hits apiece while sophomore Colin Milon allowed just one run with one strikeout in 3.1 innings of relief.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday afternoon with a visit to Fairfax, Va., to play George Mason. First pitch from Spuhler Field is scheduled for 3 p.m.