GW Baseball Falls in Series Opener at Saint Louis, 10-4
Selby Drives in Two, Billikens Rally Late
March 29, 2014
SAINT LOUIS - Freshman Andrew Selby drove in two runs and the George Washington baseball team held a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning, but Saint Louis rallied to win the series opener, 10-4, on Friday evening at Billiken Sports Complex.
Sophomore Jacob Williams got the start for GW (7-14, 1-3 A-10) and allowed three earned runs on five hits with three walks in five innings of work. He exited the game with a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning with runners on first and second and no outs.
Saint Louis (15-9, 4-0 A-10) took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Braxton Martinez, but the Billikens responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to take a 2-1 lead.
The sequence started with a leadoff double from sophomore Matthieu Robert and was followed by a base hit from freshman Eli Kashi. After the runners advanced via a wild pitch, junior Ryan Xepoleas reached on an error to load the bases. Selby then followed by driving a 1-2 pitch to center field to drive in two runs and give the Colonials a 2-1 lead.
The Colonials added to their lead in the sixth when freshman Bobby Campbell scored on a wild pitch, extending the lead to 3-1.
Williams allowed the first two batters to reach base in the bottom of the sixth and Saint Louis went on to plate five runs in the frame to take a 6-3 lead. The Billikens added two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to extend the advantage to 10-3 entering the ninth inning.
Senior Owen Beightol drove in a run with an RBI double in the top of the ninth, but Saint Louis' Sam Nafziger ended the threat to seal the game.
Selby finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs while Beightol was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one walk and Robert was 2-for-4 with one run scored.
GW and Saint Louis will play Game 2 of the three-game series on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., ET at Billiken Sports Complex. Senior Aaron Weisberg will get the start for the Colonials against Saint Louis' Nick Bates.