GW Earns Comeback Win at Delaware State
Gavin Swanson's Home Run in the Bottom of the Eighth Wins it for the Colonials
March 21, 2007
DOVER, DE - George Washington baseball (7-12), playing its sixth game in eight days, defeated Delaware State (7-10-1) at Soldier Field by a final score of 9-7, late Tuesday afternoon. The Colonials are now 6-1 in their past seven games.
GW took an early lead, scoring at least one run in four of the first five innings. In the first inning, Michael Parker (Newton, MA/Newton South) doubled to right field to drive in two runs. The senior shortstop doubled again in the third and later came around to score on a ground out by Whitey Wallace (Syracuse, NY/Phillips Exeter Academy).
Freshman Scott Swinson (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) got the start for the Colonials and pitched well. He allowed just two runs, one earned, in five innings of work while striking out nine batters. The seemingly comfortable 5-0 GW lead quickly evaporated, however.
The Hornets cut into the deficit by plating two runs in their half of the fifth inning. Then, in the sixth, Delaware State took control of the game, scoring four runs on two Colonial errors and claiming a 6-5 lead.
In the top of the eighth, GW retook the lead. Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) led off with a walk. The next batter, Whitey Wallace, also drew a base on balls, to give the Colonials runners at first and second with nobody out.
Designated hitter Curtis Eward (Oak Hill, VA/Oakton) was up next and he delivered, sending a double into center that allowed Kruer to come around to score on an error by the fielder. After a groundout, Gavin Swanson (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall College HS) blasted a three-run home run that gave the Colonials a 9-6 lead and ultimately, the victory.
Freshman Bobby Lucas (Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall College HS) earned his first career victory, as he pitched 2.1 innings and allowed just one run on two hits. Sophomore Pat Lehman (Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn) pitched a scoreless ninth to record his second save of the season.
The win improves GW's all-time record against Delaware State to 10-6. The two teams are scheduled to meet at Barcroft Park on April 17.
This weekend, the Colonials open Atlantic 10 Conference play as they host Fordham University in a three-game series. The opening game is set for Friday at 3:00 p.m. Saturday's game is at 1:00 p.m. and the series finale is at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.
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