GW Baseball Rallies for 4-3 Win Over Saint Joseph's
Three-Run Seventh Inning Sends Colonials to First A-10 Victory
March 23, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team scored four unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings to erase a 3-0 deficit and pick up its first Atlantic 10 victory of the season with a 4-3 win over Saint Joseph's on Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
GW (7-13, 1-2 A-10) received a quality start from sophomore Bobby LeWarne, yet faced a 3-0 deficit headed into the bottom of the sixth inning. LeWarne did not get a decision after allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings of work with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Colonials got their scoring started in the bottom of the sixth inning when freshman Kevin Mahala hit a one-out infield single. With two outs, Mahala stole second base and then scored when freshman Andrew Selby lifted a double to deep left field to make the score 3-1.
Freshman Jordan Sheinkop entered in relief of LeWarne and pitched a perfect seventh inning on nine pitches.
Freshman Cody Bryant reached base on an error with one out in the bottom of the seventh to continue the Colonials' rally. Freshman Bobby Campbell followed with a base hit up the middle and an error on the Saint Joseph's (10-7, 2-1 A-10) center fielder allowed pinch runner Gabe Scott to score from first base, with Campebell reaching second because of the miscue.
With the score at 3-2, freshman Jon Steele extended the rally with a base hit up the middle to put runners on the corners with one out. Freshman Eli Kashi then came to the plate and lined an 0-2 pitch up the middle to tie the game at 3-3.
Junior Ryan Xepoleas followed at the plate and battled back from an 0-2 count, aided by a dropped foul ball by the Hawks' left fielder, to run the count full. He then laced a base hit through the left side of the infield to score Steele and give the Colonials a 4-3 lead.
Senior Colin Milon pitched two scoreless innings to clinch the game for the Colonials, earning his third save of the season in the process.
Sheinkop earned his first collegiate victory with his scoreless seventh inning, and Xepoleas finished 1-for-4 at the plate with the game-winning RBI, extending his hitting streak to four consecutive games.
GW returns to action on Tuesday afternoon with a non-conference game against UMBC at Barcroft Park. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.