Late Rally Sends GW Baseball to 5-4 Loss at Saint Louis
Colonials Host Georgetown on Tuesday
March 30, 2014
SAINT LOUIS - The George Washington baseball team led Saint Louis, 4-3, into the ninth inning but the Billikens rallied to win the game 5-4 and clinch the series sweep on Sunday afternoon at the Billiken Sports Complex.
GW (7-16, 1-5 A-10) received a third consecutive quality start from sophomore Bobby LeWarne, who allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits with five walks and five strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Saint Louis (17-9, 6-0 A-10) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, scoring an unearned run after a throwing error led to a RBI single from Mike Vigliario.
The Colonials responded immediately with three runs in the top of the second inning. Sophomore Matthieu Robert started the scoring spurt by reaching base on an error with one out. Freshman Colin Gibbons-Fly followed with a single up the middle to put runners on the corners and classmate Kevin Mahala answered with an infield RBI single to tie the game at 1-1.
Freshman Joey Bartosic then came to the plate and singled to center field which scored Gibbons-Fly from second base, making the score 2-1. A throwing error after Gibbons-Fly's single by Saint Louis' centerfielder allowed Mahala to score, to extend the lead to 3-1.
Saint Louis answered in the fifth with a RBI single by Alex Sole to pull within one run of the lead at 3-2, but GW responded once again in the top of the sixth with a with a RBI single by junior Ryan Xepoleas, putting the lead back at two runs at 4-2.
Saint Louis scored again in bottom half of the sixth on a fielder's choice RBI, making the score 4-3.
Senior Colin Milon entered with a runner on and no outs in the eighth but got three straight outs to send the game to the ninth.
The Billikens rallied to score two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, aided by a pair of errors and a wild pitch, to clinch the game, 5-4.
Senior Owen Beightol led the Colonials at the plate with two hits and one run scored.
GW hosts Georgetown on Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park at 3:00 p.m. The Hoyas defeated the Colonials, 7-6, on March 19 in a home game played at Barcroft Park due to unplayable field conditions in Bethesda, Md.