GW Baseball Tops UMES, 13-7, for Fourth Straight Win
Colonials Post Best Offensive Output of Season
March 26, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The George Washington baseball team scored seven runs in the fourth inning on the way to its fourth straight victory, 13-7, over UMES on Tuesday afternoon at Hawks Stadium.
GW (8-15) had three players record multiple hits, led by senior Tyler McCarthy's 4-for-5 day at the plate, in its best offensive performance of the season.
Senior Justin Albright earned his second win of the season on the mound, limiting UMES (5-20) to three earned runs in six innings of work. Senior Kenny O'Brien picked up his third save of the season after the Hawks staged a comeback in the later innings.
The Colonials got right to work, scoring runs in the first two innings. In the top of the first, junior Owen Beightol's sacrifice fly put GW up 1-0 and McCarthy added an RBI single in the second to give the Colonials an early 2-0 lead.
GW erupted for seven runs on four hits and three walks in the top of the fourth to take a 9-0 lead. Senior Matthew Murakami provided an RBI double, classmate Ryan Hickey drove in two runs on a single and Beightol and senior Derek Brown each earned RBIs with a bases loaded walk and hit by pitch, respectively. An RBI groundout by freshman Eric Kalman pushed the seventh run across, giving Albright a comfortable 9-0 cushion.
After a perfect bottom of the fourth inning from Albright, McCarthy led off the fifth with his second triple of the season and scored on a Murakami groundout to push the lead to 10-0.
UMES got on the board in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 10-1 and proceeded to plate two runs in each of the following three innings, getting as close as 10-7 before the Colonials were able to score insurance runs.
In the top of the seventh, Murakami pushed a run home on a ground out. In the top of the ninth, Albright and junior Brookes Townsend provided RBIs to extend the lead to 13-7. O'Brien worked a perfect ninth to clinch the victory.
In addition to McCarthy's multi-hit afternoon, Murakami finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Brown finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Beightol and Hickey drove in two runs apiece.
The Colonials struck out just three times in the game while posting season highs in runs (13), hits (13), RBIs (11), doubles (4) and stolen bases (7).
GW will look for its fifth consecutive win on Wednesday afternoon when it hosts UMBC at Barcroft Park. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.