GW Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader With Temple to Win Series

Senior Matthew Murakami led the offense with three hits in Saturday's doubleheader split with Temple

March 30, 2013

BOX SCORES: Game I | Game II

ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team split a doubleheader with visiting Temple on Saturday to earn the series win at Barcroft Park.

GW (10-17, 5-1 A-10) fell in the first game, 3-1, before rebounding for a 1-0 shutout victory in the night cap.

In the first game, Temple (10-13, 2-4 A-10) got a complete-game effort from starter Eric Peterson, who fanned nine batters and surrendered one earned run on the way to the 3-1 victory.

The Owls scored two runs in the third inning, aided by two GW errors, to take a 2-0 lead. Jordan Queja laced an RBI triple down the left field line and scored later in the inning on an RBI single from Henry Knabe.

The Colonials responded in the bottom of the fifth inning, when senior Justin Albright delivered an RBI single to cut the deficit in half at 2-1.

Queja struck again in the seventh, delivering an insurance run with an RBI double to put Temple up 3-1. Peterson did not allow a hit over the final four innings, sending Temple to the win.

In the nightcap, junior Aaron Weisberg, senior Kenny O'Brien and junior Craig Lejeune combined for a five-hit shutout to clinch the series for the Colonials. Weisberg earned the win after allowing four hits and fanning seven batters in 6.2 innings of work.

Weisberg exited the game with the lead after the Colonials scored a run in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Owen Beightol hit an infield single with one out and came around to score when junior Brookes Townsend tripled down the left field line.



Weisberg gave way to O'Brien in the seventh, who recorded two outs before turning the ball over to LeJeune. LeJeune entered the game in the eighth with runners on first and second and one out. He promptly ended the threat by inducing a ground out and a fly out.

In the ninth, LeJeune escaped another jam, this time dancing around a leadoff single and an error, which put runners on the corners with one out. He struck out the next batter looking and got a fly out for the final out of the game to clinch his fourth save of the season.

Senior Matthew Murakami led the offense through the doubleheader with a .600 (3-for-5) batting average while Townsend and Beightol recorded three hits apiece.

The Colonials will visit local rival George Mason on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. before resuming A-10 play with a three-game series against Richmond beginning Friday at Barcroft Park.

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