GW Baseball Rallies to Top Richmond in Series Opener, 9-4
Seven-Run Ninth Inning Lifts Colonials to Victory
April 13, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. - The George Washington baseball team erupted for seven runs in the ninth inning to rally from a two-run deficit and stun Richmond, 9-4, on Friday afternoon at Pitt Field.
GW (13-20, 3-4 A-10) starter Brian Derner allowed just two earned runs in 5.1 innings of work, but left the game trailing 3-0 in the sixth inning. He struck out four batters while scattering four hits before his exit.
The Colonials were able to pull within 3-2 with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs, senior Stephen Oswald singled and advanced to second after classmate Matthew Murakami was hit by a pitch. Senior Brett Bowers then followed by driving a two-run double to the gap in right center field to pull the Colonials within a run.
Richmond (16-15, 3-4 A-10) scored what appeared to be an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a RBI single by right fielder Phil Ruzbarsky to jump ahead 4-2.
Senior Ryan Thomas sparked the rally by leading off the top of the ninth with a pinch hit walk. After a flyout by Oswald, freshman Xavier Parkmond pinch ran for Thomas and advanced to second on a single to right field from Murakami.
Bowers drew a walk to load the bases, then junior Ryan Hickey was hit by a pitch to earn a RBI and pull the Colonials within 4-3.
Junior Kyle Gelling then came to the plate and smacked a 2-2 pitch through the left side of the infield to drive two runs and put GW ahead 5-4. Junior Derek Brown continued the rally with a two-run single to push the lead to 7-4.
Junior Justin Albright, who moved from second base to the mound in the seventh inning, singled to extend the inning. Oswald then came to the plate and saw his at bat extended on a fielding error by UR third basemen Adam McConnell, who dropped a foul pop up. Oswald made him pay with a two-run single to center field to push the lead to 9-4. For the inning, the Colonials plated seven runs on five hits with one error.
Junior Kenny O'Brien allowed a hit in the bottom half of the ninth, but retired the side to clinch the come-from-behind victory for the Colonials.
Albright earned his third win of the season after pitching two innings of relief with three strikeouts. He went 1-for-5 with a run scored after playing the first six innings at second base.
Oswald, Brown and Gelling all recorded two hits and two RBIs apiece, while Murakami finished 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Colonials and Spiders will play the second game of their three-game set on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Sophomore Aaron Weisberg, who sports a team best 1.54 ERA, will be on the bump for the Colonials against Richmond's Zak Sterling.