GW Baseball Falls at #24 Virginia, 16-4
Colonials Squander 4-0 Lead; Visit Richmond in Crucial A-10 Series This Weekend
April 11, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The George Washington baseball team raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning but was unable to hold down nationally ranked No. 24 Virginia as the Colonials fell to the Cavaliers, 16-4, on Wednesday evening at Davenport Field.
GW (12-20) got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. After not getting a man on base in last season's meeting, junior Derek Brown led off the game with a single through the left side. He scored on a RBI double from senior Brett Bowers to put the Colonials on top 1-0.
Bowers was tagged out attempting to stretch but two batters later senior Stephen Oswald added to the lead by lifting a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall for his second home run of the season, giving the Colonials a 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Owen Beightol followed by drawing a five-pitch walk and then scored when senior Jimmy Best doubled to right field to push the lead to 3-0. After a walk to junior Ryan Hickey, senior Ryan Thomas delivered a RBI single to left center field to push the lead to 4-0.
Brown finished with three hits and one run scored while Thomas finished 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Virginia (23-10-1) scored runs in each of the first four innings, highlighted by a nine-run fourth inning which propelled the Cavaliers to a 14-4 lead entering the fifth inning. UVa. added two runs in the seventh to clinch the 16-4 win, and improve its mark in the all-time series to 19-12.
The Colonials will return to action with a crucial Atlantic 10 road trip to Richmond this weekend. The three-game series begins on Friday at 3 p.m. at Pitt Field.