GW Baseball Earns Series Split with 8-5 Win over Shepherd

Junior Kyle Gelling was one of four GW players to record three hits in the Colonials' 8-5 win over Shepherd on Sunday.

April 1, 2012

Box Score

ARLINGTON, Va. - Four George Washington baseball players finished with three hits apiece as the Colonials erased a 5-1 deficit to beat Shepherd, 8-5, on Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park.

GW (10-17) tied its season high with eight runs while pounding out 15 hits. The Colonials' middle of the order was especially productive as the Nos. 3-5 hitters combined to go 8-of-11 with six RBIs.

Shepherd (17-11) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and added two runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead before the Colonials got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third with a RBI single from junior Derek Brown.

The Rams added single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to expand their lead to 5-1, but the Colonials rallied with a five-run fifth inning to take a 6-5 lead.

Junior Justin Albright led off the fifth by being hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single by senior Stephen Oswald. Senior Brett Bowers followed with a RBI single which scored Albright and advanced Oswald to second.

Derek Brown walked to load the bases, then freshman Grant Brown lined a double to the gap in right center field to drive in two runs and pull the Colonials within one at 5-4.

Junior Kyle Gelling followed with a single to center field to tie the score and a sacrifice fly by junior Ryan Hickey scored what proved to be the game-winning run as GW surged ahead 6-5.

The Colonials added two runs in the sixth when Grant Brown hit a two-run single to put the Colonials ahead 8-5.



Grant Brown finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs while Bowers, Oswald, Derek Brown and Gelling all finished with three hits apiece.

Junior southpaw Kenny O'Brien entered the game in the fourth inning in relief of starter Tyler McCarthy and earned the win after allowing just two runs in five innings with one strikeout.

Senior Eric Lara pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the season.

The Colonials return to action on Tuesday when they host Towson at Barcroft Park at 3:30 pm. GW beat the Tigers, 8-4, on March 14.

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