GW Baseball Rallies for Walk-Off Win Over Temple, 4-3
Colonials Score Two in the Ninth to Stun Owls
March 29, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team erased a three-run deficit and scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to stun Temple, 4-3, in walk-off fashion on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
GW (9-16, 4-0 A-10) fell behind 3-0 after Temple (9-12, 1-3 A-10) scored single runs in the first, second and fourth innings. In the first, the Owls used an RBI double by Derek Peterson to take a 1-0 lead and increased the lead to 2-0 with another run-scoring double in the second by Michael D'Acunti.
In the fourth, D'Acunti struck again with a solo home run over the right field wall to stake Temple starter Patrick Peterson a 3-0 lead.
Peterson was in control early and did not yield a hit until the fifth inning when freshman Matthieu Robert got ahold of a 3-1 pitch and deposited it over the left field wall for his team-leading third home run of the season. The solo shot cut the deficit to 3-1.
GW starter Luke Staub settled down after his rocky start and allowed just two hits after the fourth inning. He gave way to the bullpen in the eighth after allowing three runs (two earned) and 10 hits in seven innings of work with one walk and two strikeouts.
Freshman Danny O'Donnell pitched a scoreless top half of the eighth inning and senior Matthew Murakami delivered a clutch two-out RBI double in the bottom half to bring the Colonials within one at 3-2.
Junior Craig Lejeune took the ball and pitched a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout, setting the stage for a rally in the bottom half.
Senior Justin Albright led off the inning by drawing a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman pinch hitter Tyler Fairbanks. Senior Derek Brown then entered the game as a pinch hitter and lofted a bloop single to left field, scoring Albright to tie the game.
Brown advanced to second on the throw and was lifted for pinch runner Xavier Parkmond. After a groundout, junior Brookes Townsend came to the plate and reached on an infield single. The throw from third basemen Henry Knabe was wild, allowing Parkmond to score from second and send the Colonials to the 4-3 win.
LeJeune earned the win for the Colonials, his third of the year.
Due to Sunday's weather forecast of rain and possible thunderstorms, the Colonials and Owls will now play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.