GW Crushes Saint Joseph's, 20-8, as Eward Records Six Hits
April 21, 2007
PHILADELPHIA, PA - George Washington freshman Curtis Eward (Oak Hill, VA/Oakton) had six hits and reached base safely in all seven plate appearances to lead the Colonials to a 20-8 victory over Saint Joseph's (6-28, 3-11 A-10) early Saturday afternoon at Latshaw-McCarthy Field.
Eward finished 6-for-6, all singles, with one walk, four RBI and scored three times.
The win, the Colonial's fourth in their past six games, improves their record to 15-23-1 overall, 7-7 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
GW set new season highs in runs scored (20), hits (22), RBI (17) and at-bats (51). It was the most runs GW has scored in a game since a 20-4 victory over Towson in 2003.
After a scoreless first inning, GW scored six runs on six hits in the second and sent 11 batters to the plate. They recorded six singles in all and took advantage of an error made by the Hawks' second baseman.
The Colonials added a run in the third and another two in the fourth as they staked themselves to a 9-0 lead. Saint Joseph's cut into the GW advantage with five runs in the bottom of the fourth, but that would be as close as they would come in Saturday's game. GW scored another four runs in the seventh and then exploded in the eighth for their second six-run inning of the game.
The top of the eighth inning was highlighted by Gavin Swanson's (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall College HS) grand slam, the first of his career. It was Swanson's third straight game with a home run and his eighth of the season.
Scott Swinson (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) struck out five over six innings to earn his first win (4-5) since Apr. 1 against Richmond.
In the first two games of the series, GW has pounded out 37 hits and outscored Saint Joseph's, 32-13. The teams will complete their three game A-10 series Sunday, at 12:00 p.m.