GW Baseball Drops Sixth Straight, 8-2 At Maryland
Five-Run Fifth Inning Sinks Colonials; Face George Mason Wednesday Afternoon
March 23, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, MD- The George Washington baseball team held a 2-1 lead entering the bottom half of the fifth inning but were unable to hold the home standing Maryland Terrapins silent in the final four frames, ultimately falling 8-2 on Tuesday evening at Bob "Turtle" Smith Field.
GW (6-15) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning after sophomore Tyler McCarthy led off with a double down the right field line. He would advance to third after Brett Bowers' sacrifice bunt and would later score on a double steal attempt following an Ollie Mittag walk.
Maryland would tie the game in the bottom half of the third inning but GW regained the lead in the top of the fourth. Junior Stephen Oswald walked, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. He would then score on Bowers' sacrifice bunt to give the Colonials a 2-1 lead.
The Terrapins would once again tie the score with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Tommy Gately pitched well for the Colonials, striking out five batters and allowing two earned runs in five innings of work.
Marland used three crucial stolen bases and a series of two-out hits to blow the game open in the sixth inning. The five-run burst started when freshman Aaron Weisberg issued a walk to Maryland's Kyle Convissar. Convissar stole second base and scored what proved to be the game-winning run on an RBI single by Korey Wacker. The Terps used a double steal, a RBI double and a two-run single in the sixth and added an insurance run in the seventh to take a 8-2 lead.
The Colonials were able to load the bases in the top of the eighth inning with one out, but were unable to convert the opportunity into runs.
Junior Luke Mirabella pitched well in relief for GW, allowing one run (unearned) in two and one-third innings with a strikeout.
The Colonials will attempt to snap their six-game losing streak on Wednesday afternoon when they visit George Mason. First pitch in Fairfax, VA is scheduled for 3:00pm.