GW Baseball Falls to La Salle in Game 1; Second Game Suspended in 7th
Colonials and Explorers to Resume Game in Top of 7th on Saturday
March 23, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team fell, 7-4, in game on of its doubleheader against La Salle on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park. The second game was suspended in the seventh inning with GW leading 1-0.
GW (6-15, 0-1 A-10) welcomed La Salle (12-9, 1-0 A-10) for the first game on the new FieldTurf surface at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va. The two teams combined for nine runs and the Colonials rallied to pull within one run after trailing 5-0.
The Explorers took advantage of two Colonials errors to score five runs in the top of the first inning. GW starter Brian Derner allowed only three earned runs in seven innings with three strikeouts and seven walks but was tagged with the loss when the Colonials' rally fell short.
Senior Matt Murakami led off the bottom half of the first with a double down the left field line. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored when senior Stephen Oswald reached on an error by La Salle shortstop Joe Bennie.
GW's offensive surge continued in the second inning when senior Ollie Mitag reached on another error by Bennie. Senior Jimmy Best followed with a single to right and both runners moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Murakami then came up and doubled to deep left field to drive in two runs and cut the deficit to 5-3.
Oswald led off the top of the fifth with a solo home run, lifting the 2-1 pitch over the right center field wall for his first home run of the season and the 12th of his career.
Derner settled into a groove and did not allow a hit after the first inning until he yielded a leadoff triple to start the eighth inning. Following a walk he was lifted for junior Kenny O'Brien. The Explorers scored one run a bizarre sequence that included a fielder's choice and an error to increase their lead to 6-4.
La Salle added an insurance run in the eighth inning and closer Pat Christensen worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save of the season.
Sophomore Aaron Weisberg started the second game of the doubleheader and struck out a season high seven batters and scattering five hits in 6.1 innings of work.
Junior Justin Albright collected his second hit of the game to lead off the fifth inning. He advanced to third when junior Ryan Hickey singled through the left side. Murakami followed by reaching on a fielder's choice which scored Albright and gave GW a 1-0 lead.
Weisberg walked the leadoff batter in the seventh inning and left the game with runners on second and third with one out. O'Brien entered the game but the game was suspended due to lighting.
The game will resume on Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by the third game in the series. Stay tuned to GWsports.com for weather related news and updates.
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