GW Baseball Outlasts George Mason in Wild 11-9 Win
Four-Run Ninth Sends Colonials to Come-From-Behind Victory
April 2, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Washington baseball team rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to stun George Mason, 11-9, on Tuesday afternoon at Spuhler Field.
GW (11-17, 5-1 A-10) has now won seven of its last 10 games entering this weekend's Atlantic 10 series against Richmond.
An RBI single by junior Brookes Townsend in the first inning and an RBI double by senior Matt Murakami in the second gave the Colonials an early 2-0 lead.
George Mason (12-16) took advantage of a leadoff triple and an RBI groundout to get on the board in the third, cutting the lead to 2-1, but GW continued to apply offensive pressure in the following innings.
In the third, junior Owen Beigthol was hit by a pitch to lead off and the bases were soon loaded following a walk to sophomore Xavier Parkmond and a single by Townsend. Senior Derek Brown then earned an RBI by being hit by a pitch, making the score 3-1. Freshman Eric Kalman pushed the lead to 4-1 with when he reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Parkmond from third.
The Colonials plated two runs again in the fourth inning, using a sacrifice fly from Parkmond and a bases-loaded balk to extend the lead to 6-1.
George Mason was able to cut the deficit to 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a run on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.
After a scoreless fifth, Beightol blasted a two-out solo home run in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 7-2.
In the later innings, George Mason staged a furious comeback with a pair of sacrifice flies in the sixth, an RBI groundout and sacrifice fly in the seventh and a pair of RBI singles and a run-scoring sacrifice bunt in the eighth to take a 9-7 lead.
The Colonials refused to go away quietly, loading the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth before senior Tyler McCarthy smacked a bases-clearing three-run double down the left field line to put GW ahead, 10-9.
Murakami added an insurance run with an RBI single, which plated McCarthy and gave the Colonials an 11-9 lead entering the bottom of the ninth.
Freshman Bobby LeWarne earned his first collegiate victory after allowing one hit in two shutout innings.
McCarthy finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs while Murakami was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Townsend and Beightol added two hits and one RBI apiece.
GW returns to action this weekend when it welcomes the Richmond Spiders to Barcroft Park for a three-game series. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.