GW Baseball Rallies to Stun La Salle, 8-6
Colonials Score Five in the Seventh Inning to Take Series Opener
April 11, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - The George Washington baseball team scored seven unanswered runs over the final five frames, highlighted by a five-run seventh inning, to earn an 8-6 victory over La Salle in the series opener on Friday afternoon at Hank DeVincent Field.
Senior Aaron Weisberg earned the win for GW (10-21, 3-7 A-10) despite falling behind 5-0 after La Salle (9-21, 4-4 A-10) plated two runs in the first and three in the second.
Weisberg settled down and yielded just one run on one hit over his next five innings of work. In total, he allowed six earned runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout.
The Colonials scored their first run of the day in the fourth inning when freshman Bobby Campbell scored on a throwing error during a fielder's choice, making the score 5-1.
The Explorers' Kevin Baron hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning to extend the lead to 6-1, but it would mark the end of La Salle's scoring on the day.
GW started its rally in the top of the sixth inning when senior Owen Beightol hit a one-out double and then scored when junior Ryan Xepoleas shot an RBI triple to the gap in right center field, cutting the deficit to 6-2.
Weisberg issued a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth, but got an inning-ending double play to retire the side.
GW took the lead for good after exploding for five runs in the top of the seventh. The sequence started with a leadoff single by freshman Colin Gibbons-Fly, who advanced to second on a ground out and to third on a one-out single by classmate Eli Kashi.
With runners on the corners and one out, freshman Joey Bartosic drove in a run on a fielder's choice to cut the deficit to 6-3. A sacrifice fly by freshman Andrew Selby made the score 6-4 and a RBI double by Campbell brought the Colonials within one run of the lead at 6-5.
Xepoleas came to the plate next and sliced a double down the left field line to score two runs and put the Colonials on top, 7-6.
Senior Colin Milon relieved Weisberg in the top of the eighth and induced a flyout and inning-ending double play to send the game to the ninth.
GW picked up an insurance run on an RBI sacrifice bunt by Xepoleas to move ahead, 7-5, and Milon pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
Xepoleas finished 2-for-4 at the plate with one double, one triple and four RBIs on the afternoon, while Beightol was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one walk.
Also recording multiple hits for the Colonials were Bartosic (2-for-5, one run, one RBI), Campbell (2-for-5, two runs, one double, one RBI) and Kashi (2-for-4, one run).
GW and La Salle will play the middle game of this three-game set on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.