Baseball Rallies to Down Towson, 11-5 as Head Coach Steve Mrowka Earns 100th Win at GW
March 25, 2008
TOWSON, MD - Redshirt junior Gavin Swanson (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall College HS) hit two home runs, including a grand slam in a six-run ninth inning, and drove in five RBI to help lead George Washington (11-9) back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Towson, 11-5, Tuesday afternoon at Schuerholz Park.
The Colonials, who earned their first mid-week victory of the season, also got home runs from sophomore Tom Zebroski (Port Washington, NY/Paul Schreiber) and junior Andrew Haberern (Emmaus, PA/Emmaus/Trinity College). After dropping seven of eight games, GW has now won five of their past seven. For Towson (8-13), the loss was their first at home in six games.
Sophomore pitcher Bobby Lucas (Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall College HS) picked up his third win of the season with two innings of scoreless relief work in which he allowed just one hit and struck out two. Junior Jimmy Duggan (Jefferson, MD/St. John's Prospect Hall) notched his third save when he got the final four outs of the game to preserve the win. In just 18.2 innings pitched, Lucas has tallied 28 strikeouts, tops on the team, while Duggan has 17 punch-outs in only 10 innings.
The scoring in Tuesday's game began in the top of the first, when Tom Zebroski hit his first career home run, a solo-shot to left-center for the early 1-0 GW lead. However, Towson answered with the tying run in the second and then two more in the third to take control of the game, 3-1. The score stayed that way for the next three innings.
In the seventh, GW chipped away at Towson's lead with another solo homer, this time off the bat of Gavin Swanson, making it 3-2. The Colonials added three more runs in the eighth to retake the lead, 5-3. Will Cooper (McLean, VA/Gonzaga College HS) led-off with a double to right-center and then came around to score on a Brendon Kelliher (Sandwich, MA/Sandwich) pinch-hit double to left-center. Andrew Haberern followed with a two-run shot to left-center, clearing the bases giving GW the lead.
The Tigers responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame, scoring on a wild pitch, as they attempted to claw their way back into the game and make it 5-4. But the GW offense was too much.
In the top of the ninth, the Colonials exploded for six runs and put the game out of reach. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out for junior Tim Reeves (Cumming, GA/North Forsyth), who doubled down the right-field line, plating two runs. Towson opted to intentionally walk Kelliher, loading the bases for Gavin Swanson, who made them pay for their decision when he deposited the pitch over the fence in centerfield for a grand slam, his second homer of the game and third of the season.
Towson pushed across an unearned run in their last at-bats, but that was as close as they would come, falling 11-5.
Swanson finished 3-for-5 with two home runs, five RBI and two runs. Pat Lehman started the game for the Colonials and worked the first five innings. Jon Dupski (0-5) took the loss for Towson.
George Washington stays on the road for Wednesday's game, when they travel to Charlottesville, VA, to face Virginia (19-4) at 5:00 p.m. The Cavaliers, ranked 19th in the Baseball America poll and 15th in both the NCBWA and USA Today/ESPN Top 25 polls, were playing host to Virginia Commonwealth Tuesday evening.