GW Baseball Sweeps UMass in A-10 Opening Doubleheader
Colonials' Pitchers Limit Minutemen to Two Runs in 18 Innings
March 22, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team limited Massachusetts to two runs over 18 innings as the Colonials swept a doubleheader from the Minutemen for their first Atlantic 10 wins of the Gregg Ritchie era on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
GW (6-15, 2-0 A-10) will go for the series sweep on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at Barcroft Park.
The Colonials, playing both games as the visiting team after a change of venue due to heavy snow in the New England area, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of first inning of Game 1 and never looked back. GW opened the first inning with three hits, the last of which was a RBI single by freshman Eric Kalman.
Freshman Matthieu Robert led off the top of the fourth with a solo home run to center field to make the score 2-0 and senior Justin Albright followed later in the inning with a RBI single to stake GW starter Luke Staub to a 3-0 lead.
UMass (1-11, 0-2 A-10) was able to get one run off of Staub in the fifth inning, but that was the end of its threat. Staub earned his second win of the year by going seven strong innings, yielding one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
The Colonials added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a UMass error, and junior Craig Lejeune worked two shutout innings for his second career save.
In the nightcap, junior Aaron Weisberg allowed just one earned run in a complete-game victory. The towering right-hander fanned six hitters and did not walk a batter in picking up his second win of the season.
After a scoreless first three innings, the Colonials plated four runs in the top of the fourth. Kalman delivered a RBI single after senior Derek Brown led off the inning with a double and senior Ryan Hickey provided a bases-clearing three-run double to give the Colonials a 4-0 lead.
GW's hot hitting continued in the sixth inning, scoring a run on an error after another double by Hickey. Junior Owen Beightol delivered a two-run single later in the inning to build the lead to 7-0.
UMass scored one run off of Weisberg in the bottom of the seventh on a solo home run by Dylan Begin.
Hickey finished the day 4-for-7 from the plate with three doubles and three RBIs. Beightol hit a cool .400 (4-for-10) in the doubleheader with two RBIs.