GW Baseball Walks Off With 10-9 Win Over Towson
Albright Goes 5-for-5 With Game-Winning Hit in Bottom of 10th Inning
April 17, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - Senior Justin Albright finished 5-for-5 at the plate and drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the George Washington baseball team earned a 10-9 extra-innings victory over Towson on Wednesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
With the win, GW (12-24) snapped a seven-game losing streak and earned a season split with Towson (19-19), avenging a 9-5 loss to the Tigers on March 12.
Albright did it all for the Colonials on Wednesday, starting the game on the mound and going 5-for-5 at the plate with three doubles, three runs and two RBIs. The senior from Thurmond, Md., pitched to a no-decision after allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits in 4.1 innings of work. He walked none and struck out four on the afternoon.
The Colonials rushed out to a 7-0 lead after the first two innings, scoring three in the first and four in the second.
In the first, Albright led off with a single and reached third following a double from freshman Nolan Lodden. A sacrifice fly by senior Tyler McCarthy made it 1-0. After a walk to junior Brookes Townsend, junior Owen Beightol provide an RBI groundout to make the score 2-0. Freshman Eric Kalman capped the scoring in the first with an RBI single to give GW a 3-0 lead.
After a 1-2-3 top half of the second from Albright, the Colonials' bats got right back to work in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore Xavier Parkmond led off with a triple to the gap in right center field. Albright was hit by a pitch and stole second base, then a wild pitch during the next at bat scored Parkmond and moved Albright to third.
McCarthy then singled to the pitcher's mound on a sacrifice bunt attempt, and was able to advance to third base because of a throwing error, scoring Albright in the process for a 5-0 lead. A squeeze bunt from Townsend scored McCarthy to make the lead 6-0 and Beightol rocked a solo home run over the left field wall to push the lead to 7-0 before Towson was able to escape the inning.
Peter Bowles got the Tigers on the scoreboard in the third inning with an RBI double to make the score 7-1, but the Colonials responded in the bottom half of the third when Albright hit his first of three doubles on the afternoon, a run-scoring line drive down the left field line to extend the lead to 8-1.
Towson plated a run in the top of the fourth on a fielder's choice and then pulled within two runs of the lead at 8-6 by scoring four runs in the fifth.
Albright doubled again with one out in the sixth inning and later scored on an RBI single from freshman pitcher Danny O'Donnell, which pushed the lead to three runs at 9-6.
After a scoreless eighth and ninth innings, Towson plated three runs in the top of the ninth to complete the comeback and tie the score at 9-9. The Tigers scored their runs on a two-run double from designated hitter Kurt Wertz and a sacrifice fly from Brandon Gonnella.
GW could not end the game in the bottom of the ninth and turned to senior Kenny O'Brien to pitch the 10th frame. O'Brien yielded a leadoff hit and the runner found himself on third base following a wild pitch and a sacrifice. With a runner on third and one out, Towson catcher Zach Fisher attempted to drive the go-ahead run in on a squeeze bunt, but O'Brien fielded the ball and flipped it using his glove to freshman Matthieu Robert, who applied the tag at the plate. O'Brien got the final out via a ground out, setting the stage for Albright's heroics in the bottom of the inning.
Senior Matthew Murakami singled with one out in the 10th and advanced to third when senior Ryan Hickey flared a single to right field. Albright then lined a pitch up the middle to drive in the winning run and clinch the game for the Colonials.
O'Brien earned the win with his scoreless inning of relief. O'Donnell allowed one run on two hits in 3.2 innings of relief out of the bullpen.
Beightol finished 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs while Kalman was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one walk.
The Colonials resume Atlantic 10 Conference play with a three-game series at Fordham beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Houlihan Park.