GW Baseball Falls To George Mason In Extra Innings, 8-5
April 6, 2011
ARLINGTON, VA- Senior Brendon Kelliher hit his third home run in two days but the George Washington baseball team was unable to hold George Mason scoreless in extras, falling 8-5 in 12 innings.
Kelliher led of the bottom of the first inning with a towering drive over the left field fence for his third home run in two days to give GW (9-21) a 1-0 lead. He finished the afternoon 2-for-5 with a home run, one RBI and two walks. In two games against Mason this season, the senior from Sandwich, MA finished 7-for-10 with three home runs, five runs scored and four RBIs.
George Mason (13-17-1) tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth after Aaron Weisberg hit a batter with the bases loaded.
After a scoreless third inning, the Colonials scored a run in the bottom of the fifth on sophomore Justin Albright's RBI single to go ahead 2-1.
The Colonials added two more runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-1 lead. Freshman Brookes Townsend delivered a sacrifice fly and GW plated a second run after senior Joe Motto reached on an error by Patriot third basemen Brig Tison.
George Mason tied the game in the top of the seventh inning with three runs. The Patriots loaded the bases off of Weisberg with no outs. After Dan Schafferman delivered a RBI single, sophomore Tyler McCarthy entered the game in relief with the bases loaded. He induced two consecutive ground outs, with runs scoring both times, allowing Mason to tie the game 4-4.
McCarthy remained in the game on the mound and pitched a solid five and two-thirds innings with three strikeouts. The Colonials loaded the bases in the eighth inning with one out but could not convert the opportunity into runs. They left a total of 10 men on base over the final five innings.
Unfortunately, McCarthy took the loss after allowing three-run double to pinch hitter Blaise Fernandez in the top of the 12th, his sixth inning of relief.
The Colonials added a run in the bottom of the 12th after Albright drew a bases loaded walk to cut the deficit to 8-5, but left the bases loaded to end the game.
George Washington, on a bye from Atlantic 10 Conference play, will host Canisius this weekend at Barcroft Park. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 12:00 pm and a single game on Sunday at noon.