GW Baseball Storms Back to Knock Off UMBC, 6-4
Colonials Rally With Three Runs in Last Two Innings
March 28, 2012
BALTIMORE - The George Washington baseball team scored three runs in the final two innings to storm back and knock off UMBC, 6-4, Wednesday afternoon at Baseball Factory Field.
GW (8-16) carried a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning on a strong start from junior J.T. Wauford, who allowed just one run while striking out six in six innings of work. He recorded five of his first seven outs by strikeout and did not allow a hit until a groundball single in the fourth inning.
The Colonials scored three runs in the top of the third, started by a single by junior Ryan Hickey. Freshman Grant Brown followed with a single which advanced Hickey to third. A RBI groundout from senior Matt Murakami gave GW a 1-0 lead.
UMBC (7-13) scored one run in the fifth and took a 4-3 lead after plating three runs in the seventh.
Murakami led off the top of the eighth with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Albright. After a walk to Oswald, senior Brett Bowers singled up the middle to drive in Murakami from third and tie the game at 4-4.
Sophomore Owen Beightol followed by reaching on a fielder's choice, which scored Oswald from third base to put the Colonials on top 5-4.
Junior Kenny O'Brien entered the game and worked a perfect eighth inning to send the Colonials back to the plate in the ninth, where they added an insurance run on a fielding error by the Retrievers' right fielder.
O'Brien worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save of the season.
Bowers was 2-for-4 with a RBI and Oswald finished 1-for-4 with one walk, one run and one RBI.
The Colonials were active on the base paths, stealing a season-high five bases for the second game in a row. In the past two games, the Colonials are 10-for-11 on steal attempts. Murakami led GW on Wednesday with two swipes and leads the Colonials with six pilfered sacks on the season.
GW returns to the road on Friday with a visit to Farmville, Va., to face the Longwood Lancers. The Colonials return home to Barcroft Park this weekend to host Shepherd for a two-game series on Saturday and Sunday.
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