GW Baseball Falls in Game 2 at Fordham, 5-1
Albright Stays Hot With Two Hits
April 20, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - The George Washington baseball team was unable to solve Fordham's Chris Pike, who pitched eight innings of one-run ball, as the Rams defeated the Colonials, 5-1, on Saturday afternoon to even the series at Houlihan Park.
Pike earned the win after allowing one unearned run on six hits in eight innings of work. He walked four and registered eight strikeouts.
GW (13-25, 6-8 A-10) threatened in the first inning when senior Tyler McCarthy hit a two-out triple, but he was stranded on third to end the inning.
Junior Luke Staub started the game for GW (13-25, 6-8 A-10), but was chased after allowing four earned runs in two innings of work. He faced three batters in the third inning, but was lifted after allowing three consecutive singles without recording an out.
In the second inning, Fordham (13-26, 2-9 A-10) loaded the bases with one out via two singles and a walk. Staub then hit a batter to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
Staub ran into trouble in the third inning after allowing three consecutive singles, including a run-scoring base hit to Fordham catcher Charles Galiano to push the lead to 2-0.
Staub was then lifted for freshman Bobby LeWarne, who yielded a two-run single to Sam Careccia, extending the Rams' lead to 4-0. LeWarne surrendered another RBI single to designated hitter Dan Sorine which gave Fordham a 5-0 lead.
LeWarne settled down to pitch effectively the rest of the game. He totaled six innings of one-run relief with four strikeouts to keep the Colonials in the game.
In the top of the seventh, senior Matthew Murakami hit a one-run double, stole third and scored on an error to get the Colonials on the board, cutting the deficit to 5-1. Senior Ryan Hickey drew a walk in the next at-bat, but was picked off of first base by Pike.
Senior Justin Albright followed with a double down the left field line, but the rally was cut short when Pike retired the side with a strikeout.
Fordham's Rick Anastasi worked a scoreless ninth to clinch the win for the Rams.
Albright continued his hot hitting with a single and double on Friday, running his hit total to 13 in his last four games. McCarthy also finished with two hits for the Colonials.
GW and Fordham will conclude the series in Sunday's rubber match at Houlihan Park. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
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