GW Baseball Takes Series With 6-3 Win Over Saint Joseph's
Gately, Beightol Lead Colonials To First Conference Series Victory of Season
April 3, 2011
ARLINGTON, VA- Senior Tommy Gately struck out seven batters in six innings of work and freshman Owen Beightol knocked in two runs to lead the George Washington baseball team to a series clinching 6-3 win over Saint Joseph's on Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
Gately had a rough first inning for the Colonials, walking two batters and hitting another to load the bases, but ultimately escaped the jam unscathed. He then settled into a groove and earned his third win of the season after allowing just one earned run in six innings pitched, striking out seven and walking four.
GW (9-19, 3-3 A-10) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after junior Stephen Oswald's sacrifice fly scored senior Brendon Kelliher. Kelliher had led off the game with a single up the middle, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on an error.
The Colonials proceeded to blow the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fourth after loading the bases with no outs. Saint Joseph's (10-17, 3-3 A-10) starter A.J. Holland issued consecutive walks to sophomore Tyler McCarthy and junior Jimmy Best. Senior Joe Motto followed by reaching on an error after a sacrifice bunt. Junior Ollie Mittag then delivered a RBI groundout to push the lead to 3-0.
With runners on second and third and one out freshman Owen Beightol drove a 3-0 pitch to left center field for a bases-clearing double to give the Colonials a 4-0 lead. Oswald followed with a RBI single to push the advantage to 5-0.
The Hawks got on the board in the top of the fifth after Joe Cook's RBI single, the only blemish on Gately's afternoon. Saint Joseph's added a run in both the seventh and ninth innings off of sophomore Kenny O'Brien.
The Colonials got an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth after junior Jimmy Best launched his third homerun of the season, a towering drive over the centerfield fence to push the lead to 6-2.
McCarthy moved from right field to the mound in the ninth inning and got the last out of the game to clinch GW's first series victory of the season.
The Colonials will return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they visit George Mason in Fairfax, VA at 3:00 pm. The contest is a make-up game after the originally scheduled date was rained out back on March 23. GW will then welcome the Patriots to Barcroft Park on Wednesday afternoon before hosting Canisius next weekend.