GW Baseball Opens Homestand With 10-2 Win Over George Mason
Colonials Hit Three Home Runs; Best Drives in Five
April 17, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team opened its 10-game homestand with a 10-2 victory over George Mason on Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
With the win, GW (14-22) earns a series split against George Mason (25-13). The Patriots had defeated the Colonials, 5-4, back on March 21.
The Colonials tied a season-high by slugging three home runs, the most since a 3-2 victory over Georgetown on March 17, and added 14 hits to give starter J.T. Wauford plenty of run support. Wauford earned the win after pitching five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with one strikeout.
After a scoreless top of the first, the Colonials got to work right away in the bottom half of the inning using four consecutive hits to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
Senior Ollie Mittag started the sequence by lining a double to right field with one out. He came in to score when classmate Stephen Oswald followed with a RBI single to put the Colonials ahead 1-0. After fellow senior Brett Bowers singled up the middle, senior catcher Jimmy Best followed with a sharply-hit single up the middle to put GW ahead 2-0.
Mason was able to get one run back in the top of the second inning on a RBI single by Nick Allen, but the Colonials' momentum carried over to the bottom half of the second.
Sophomore Owen Beightol led off with a single, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on a RBI single from junior Derek Brown to put GW up 3-1. After consecutive walks to Oswald and Bowers to load the bases, Best came to the plate again and delivered a two-run single up the middle to extend the lead to 5-1 after two innings of play.
Beightol came to the plate in the bottom of the third with one out and lifted a 0-2 pitch down the left field line and over the wall for his second home run of the season. After the second out of the inning, Brown singled to right field and scored when Mittag connected on his second double of the game, a drive on a 3-2 pitch to the left center field gap to put GW ahead 7-1.
Wauford escaped bases-loaded jams unscathed in both the third and fifth innings.
The Patriots added their final run in the fourth inning, scoring on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 6-2, but the Colonials' continued their hot hitting at the plate in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, junior Ryan Hickey blasted a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left center field to push the lead to 8-2.
In the sixth inning, Best blasted a 3-0 pitch over the wall in right center field for his team-leading third home run of the season, driving in two runs to make the score 10-2.
Senior Eric Lara, in his second inning of relief, escaped a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning, aided by a terrific diving stop up the middle by senior shortstop Matthew Murakami. Junior Justin Albright and freshman Matthew Seedorff combined to allow two hits but no runs in the final two innings to clinch the victory.
Best finished 3-of-5 with one home run and five RBIs to lead the offensive surge. Also recording multiple hits for GW were Oswald (3-for-4, three runs, one RBI), Brown (2-for-4, two runs, one RBI) and Beightol (2-for-3, two runs, one home run, one RBI).
The Colonials play their second of 10 straight home games on Wednesday afternoon against UMBC. GW defeated the Retrievers, 6-4, on March 28 in Baltimore. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 pm.
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