GW Baseball Blasts Towson, 9-1, For Mrowka's 600th Career Win
Colonials Use Eight-Run Seventh to Sweep Tigers in Season Series
April 3, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. - Junior J.T. Wauford allowed just one hit in seven shutout innings and the senior trio of Jimmy Best, Stephen Oswald and Brett Bowers each drove in two runs apiece to lead the George Washington baseball team to a 9-1 win over Towson on Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
GW (11-17) has now won five of its last six games headed into this weekend's Atlantic 10 series at Rhode Island.
The win marked the 600th career victory for head coach Steve Mrowka and his 193rd win at George Washington.
The Colonials got to work right away in the first inning using two hits to set up a situation with men on second and third, but were unable to convert the opportunity.
Wauford gave up his only hit of the day in the second inning and was dominant throughout the rest of his outing. He struck out four batters on the afternoon and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, his only time in trouble all afternoon.
GW grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning in a sequence started by a leadoff double from junior Ryan Hickey. Two batters later, junior Justin Albright lined a RBI single up the middle to give the Colonials a lead they would never relinquish.
The Colonials exploded for eight runs in the seventh, batting around and putting the game out of reach in the process.
Sophomore Owen Beightol started the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to third on a double by Best. Junior Kyle Gelling followed with a pinch-hit RBI single to right field to score Beightol and put GW up 2-0.
After an intentional walk to senior Matthew Murakami to load the bases, Oswald roped an 0-1 pitch to the gap in left center field to drive in two runs and extend the lead to 4-0.
The hits kept on coming as Bowers followed with a two-run double of his own to the gap in left center to drive in two runs and push the lead to 6-1. An infield single by junior Derek Brown extended the inning and Beightol followed with a RBI single up the middle. Best ended the offensive explosion with a two-run double off the wall in left field to extend the lead to 9-0.
Sophomore Colin Milon entered in relief of Wauford and tossed a perfect eighth inning. Towson was able to get one run back in the top of the ninth but the game was well out of reach.
The Colonials will resume A-10 play with a visit to Rhode Island this weekend. First pitch on Friday from Bill Beck Field is scheduled for 3 p.m.