GW Baseball Earns Series Sweep With 8-1 Win Over UMBC
April 18, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. - Five pitchers combined to hold visiting UMBC to just one run while stranding 11 men on base as the George Washington baseball team earned the series sweep over the Retrievers with an 8-1 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
With the victory, GW (15-22) improves its all-time record against UMBC (7-27) to 28-14. The Colonials rallied for a 6-5 win over the Retrievers on March 28.
Sophomore Craig Lejeune earned the win after allowing one run on six hits in four innings of work with four strikeouts. Sophomore Colin Milon pitched two hitless innings before turning the game over to the trio of senior Luke Mirabella, sophomore Taylor Lambke and Derek Brown, who combined to allow just two hits over the final three innings.
The Retrievers scored their only run in the top of the first inning on a RBI groundout by right fielder Brian Klukowicz. The Colonials responded by continuing their offensive surge that was started in Tuesday's 10-2 win over George Mason.
In the bottom of the first, consecutive singles and an error set the stage for GW to tie the game on a RBI ground out by senior Stephen Oswald. After a walk to senior Brett Bowers and a single by senior Jimmy Best, classmate Matthew Murakami came to the plate and lined the first pitch to center field for a two-run single to give the Colonials a 3-1 lead.
GW struck again in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run single by Oswald. Junior Derek Brown reached on an infield single and advanced to third on a base hit by senior Ollie Mittag. Oswald then singled on a 1-0 pitch to center field to push the lead to 5-1.
The Colonials added three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the game out of reach. Freshman Grant Brown earned a pinch hit and advanced to second on a walk to pinch hitter Justin Albright. After another walk to junior Tyler McCarthy, junior Ryan Hickey roped a double to right field to clear the bases and extend the advantage to 8-1.
Oswald finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Mittag recorded his second multiple-hit game in as many days with a 2-for-4 afternoon. Derek Brown also notched multiple hits, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored before pitching a hitless ninth inning.
GW returns to action on Friday afternoon as the Colonials open a three-game series against A-10 foe St. Bonaventure. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.