GW Baseball Blanks Fordham, 9-0
Weisberg Spins Complete Game With Seven Strikeouts; Beightol Drives in Three
April 19, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - Junior Aaron Weisberg fanned seven batters in a complete game shutout effort and junior Owen Beightol drove in three runs as the George Washington baseball team opened its weekend series with a 9-0 victory over Fordham on Friday at Houlihan Park.
GW (13-24, 6-7 A-10) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Senior Justin Albright, fresh off of a 5-for-5 performance in Wednesday's win over Towson, led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice. Senior Tyler McCarthy then lofted a sacrifice fly to center field to give GW a 1-0 lead.
Weisberg ran into trouble in the bottom of the first but escaped a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout to end the inning.
Sophomore Xavier Parkmond extended the Colonials' lead to 2-0 with his first career home run, a solo shot in the third inning over the left field wall.
Weisberg settled into a groove and yielded just two hits over his next six innings of work. The junior from Glen Rock, N.J., earned his team-best fourth win of the year and tallied a career-high tying seven strikeouts in his complete game effort. He yielded five hits and issued just one walk.
GW added two runs in the sixth inning. Senior Tyler McCarthy started the sequence with a lead-off single to left field and then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Junior Owen Beightol then roped a triple to deep right field to push the lead to 3-0. Beightol extended the lead to 4-0 by stealing home on a squeeze attempt.
Freshman Nolan Lodden pushed the lead to 5-0 in the seventh inning with an RBI ground-rule double, which scored senior Matthew Murakami from second base.
GW plated four more runs in the ninth inning to extend its lead to 9-0. Albright drove in one run with an RBI double to left center field and junior Brookes Townsend added an RBI double to push the lead to 7-0. Beightol capped GW's scoring with a two-run double to extend the lead to 9-0.
Albright finished with three hits and one RBI. The senior from Thurmond, Md., now has 12 hits in his last five games, batting .750 during the stretch.
Beightol was 2-for-5 with one double, one triple and three RBIs and Murakami was 2-for-4 with a double and triple. Lodden finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
GW and Fordham (12-26, 1-9 A-10) will play game two tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. from Houlihan Park.