GW Baseball Downs Coppin State, 10-4
Three Players Record Multiple Hits Led by Robert's 4-for-4 Afternoon
April 8, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - Sophomore Matthieu Robert went 4-for-4 and freshman Brandon Ritchie earned his first collegiate victory as the George Washington baseball team smacked 12 hits en route to a 10-4 victory over Coppin State on Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
Ritchie turned in six quality innings in his second career start, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits with four strikeouts to earn his first collegiate win. Classmate Eddie Muhl followed with three innings of relief, allowing one run with three strikeouts, to pick up his first collegiate save.
A first-inning error allowed Coppin State (8-18) to extend its first at-bat and grab a 1-0 inning to open the game but the Colonials responded right away in the bottom half of the first.
GW (9-20) led off with consecutive walks, and a hit batsmen loaded the bases for senior Owen Beightol, who lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the score at 1-1.
The Eagles scored again in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead but GW stormed back and took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the second.
Robert led off the inning with his first of four base hits on the day and advanced to second on a balk before scoring on a RBI double by freshman Kevin Mahala. A sacrifice bunt by freshman Eli Kashi advanced Mahala to third and a perfectly placed suicide squeeze by freshman Joey Bartosic scored Mahala, giving GW a 3-2 lead.
GW's offense continued to deliver in the bottom of the fourth when Kashi hit a one-out RBI single, scoring Robert who had singled earlier in the inning.
Ritchie pitched his third consecutive scoreless inning in the fifth before the Colonials struck again for a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame. Freshman Bobby Campbell drew a one-out walk and scored on a RBI double from Beightol, who advanced to third on an error by Coppin State's centerfielder. Junior Ryan Xepoleas was up next and blasted a pitch to deep right field, just missing a home run, and end up on second with a RBI double which extended the Colonials' lead to 6-2.
Coppin State cut the deficit to three with a run in the top of the sixth but GW scored again in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI single by Robert to push the lead back to four at 7-3.
A sacrifice fly pulled the Eagles back within three runs of the lead at 7-4 but GW put the game out of reach with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Bartosic started the sequence by being hit by a pitch and stealing second base with one out. He then used his speed to score from second on a groundout by Campbell.
An infield single by Beightol extended the inning and Xepoleas followed with a two-run double to left field to give the Colonials a 10-4 lead.
Muhl worked a perfect ninth to clinch the victory for GW.
Robert became the first Colonials player to record four hits in a game this season, and he added two runs scored and one RBI. Also recording multiple hits for GW was Xepoleas (3-for-5, two doubles, three RBIs, one run) and Beightol (2-for-4, two runs, two RBIs).
GW concludes its current homestand on Wednesday afternoon against Towson. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
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