GW Baseball Suffers Doubleheader Sweep to St. Bonaventure
April 21, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of visiting St. Bonaventure on Saturday at Barcroft Park to drop the series.
GW (15-23, 3-9 A-10) resumes its 10-game homestand on Tuesday afternoon against Maryland Eastern Shore at 3:30 p.m.
Sophomore Aaron Weisberg was the hard-luck loser in the first game after allowing just two earned runs in nine innings of work with six strikeouts.
St. Bonaventure (15-15, 4-7 A-10) did all of its scoring within the first three innings. Atlantic 10 batting leader Billy Urban provided RBI singles in both the first and third to account for all of the Bonnies' runs in the first game.
A sacrifice fly from senior Brett Bowers in the bottom of the fifth pulled the Colonials within one run at 2-1, but Bonnies' starter Jordan Crane went on to earn the win, with the fifth inning being the only blemish on his afternoon. He pitched eight innings, scattering five hits with four strikeouts.
The Colonials were able to put the tying run on third base in the bottom of the ninth but St. Bona's Cael Johnson earned the save by inducing a game-ending double play.
In the second game, the Colonials jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore Owen Beigthol led off the frame with a single to left and advanced to second on a groundout. Bowers lined a single up the middle to drive in Beightol, stole second, and then scored on a RBI single from junior Kyle Gelling.
The Bonnies scored four runs on two hits and an error in the top of the third but the Colonials responded to tie the game in the bottom half. Junior Derek Brown led off with a solo home run, his second of the year, and senior Matthew Murakami added a RBI single later in the inning to pull GW event at 4-4.
St. Bonaventure regained the lead again in the sixth inning, scoring a run on a fielding error in center field. GW responded once again in the bottom half of the sixth on a RBI groundout by junior Justin Albright to tie the score at 5-5.
Sophomore Colin Milon pitched well in relief of starter Tyler McCarthy, providing six innings of relief before running into trouble in the ninth inning. A leadoff hit followed by a walk led to Milon's exit and four runs would eventually come across for the Bonnies, aided by a throwing error.
The Colonials' bats fell silent in the bottom half of the ninth as they were sent to their third straight loss.
Murakami and Gelling each finished the doubleheader 3-for-7 at the plate. Murkami added a double, triple and RBI among his hits. Beightol and Brown each went 3-for-8 on the afternoon.
GW will host UMES on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Barcroft Park.