GW Baseball Drops Series Opener to Richmond, 10-2
Townsend and Hickey Record Multiple Hits
April 5, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team resumed Atlantic 10 play on Friday afternoon, but fell to visiting Richmond, 10-2, at Barcroft Park.
Richmond (19-9, 4-3 A-10) scored two runs in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Tanner Stanley and a sacrifice fly from Jacob Mayers.
GW (11-18, 5-2 A-10) got a run back in the bottom half of the first on an RBI single by junior Brookes Townsend, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
The Spiders added to their lead in the third and sixth innings. Mayers struck again in the third with an RBI single, and in the sixth Adam Forrer hit the first of his two home runs to push the lead to 4-1.
The Colonials threatened in the fifth, but were turned away by Richmond starter Zak Sterling, who earned the win after allowing one earned run on four hits with three walks in 5.1 innings of work.
GW got one run back in the bottom of the seventh when senior Matthew Murakami reached on a fielder's choice, scoring senior Tyler McCarthy from third base. The Colonials collected three hits in the inning, but ultimately left the bases loaded when Richmond's Matt Cook escaped the jam, preserving a 4-2 lead.
Richmond added three runs in both the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, the Spiders hit a pair of solo home runs and scored a run on a passed ball. In the ninth, it was an RBI double, an RBI single and a sacrifice fly that pushed the lead to 10-2.
Junior Luke Staub was tagged with the loss after allowing four earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Townsend and senior Ryan Hickey each finished with two hits for the Colonials. Townsend is batting a team-best .289 on the season.
GW and Richmond will play Game 2 of the three-game series on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. A free fan shuttle will run between Foggy Bottom and Barcroft Park. Details are available here.