Strong Pitching By GW Not Enough In 2-0 Loss To No. 1 Virginia
March 29, 2011
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA- The George Washington baseball team held No. 1 Virginia to just two runs on Tuesday evening at Davenport Field but were unable to complement the strong pitching performance at the plate, falling 2-0.
GW (7-18) pitchers Tommy Gately, Kenny O'Brien and Craig Lejeune combined to hold Virginia (25-2) to just two runs on six hits. The top-ranked Cavaliers entered the game batting .297 as a team and averaging over seven runs per contest.
Gately got the start for GW and pitched three innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs with one strikeout. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the third by inducing two pop outs.
Both Virginia runs were scored in the bottom of the fourth inning after Gately exited the game. Ryan Levine led off the frame with a single and Kenny Swab followed with a walk to put two on with no outs.
O'Brien relieved Gately and allowed a bunt single to Kenny Swab to load the bases. Virginia would score their first run after Reed Gragnini reached on a fielders choice. Another run would score via a balk but O'Brien escaped the inning without any further damage and allowed just two hits over the next three innings.
O'Brien worked his way out of a jam after Virginia got a man on third base with no outs in the seventh inning. John Barr led off the inning with a walk, then stole second and advanced to third on an error. A heads-up play by shortstop Justin Albright, in which he made a accurate throw to catcher Jimmy Best on a fielders choice, kept the score at 2-0. LeJeune added a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
The two runs were all the Cavaliers would need as starting pitcher Will Roberts was perfect on the mound, striking out 10 batters en route to the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I (since 1957) history and the first since 2002.
The Colonials will resume Atlantic 10 Conference play on Friday afternoon when they welcome the Saint Joseph's Hawks to Barcroft Park for a three-game series. First pitch in game one is scheduled for 3:00 pm.