O'Brien's Complete Game Sends GW Baseball to 5-2 Win Over Fordham
Murakami Goes 3-for-3 as Colonials Take 2-of-3 From Rams
April 21, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. - Senior Kenny O'Brien retired the final seven batters he faced in route to a complete-game effort as the George Washington baseball team defeated Fordham, 5-2, on Sunday Afternoon at Houlihan Park.
O'Brien, a late addition to the lineup following a scratch to intended starting pitcher Max Kaplow, allowed just one earned run on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks in the victory. The Yonkers, N.Y., native attended high school at nearby Fordham Prep and got the win to give GW the series in front of a stable of family and friends on Sunday.
GW (14-25, 7-8 A-10) grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
With runners on first and second base with two outs, senior Matthew Murakami poked an RBI single through the right side of the infield to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead. Senior Ryan Hickey then lofted a fly ball to right field which was misplayed by the right fielder, allowing two runs to score to push the lead to 3-0. Hickey was thrown out while attempting to reach third base, ending the inning.
Fordham (13-27, 2-10 A-10) got on the scoreboard in the third inning with an RBI single from Mike Mauri, but the Colonials responded in the top of the fourth inning.
Freshman Matthieu Robért reached on a fielder's choice and Murakami followed with his second hit of the game to put runners on first and second with one out.
Hickey then reached on an infield single to load the bases and senior Justin Albright followed by lining an RBI single up the middle to extend the Colonials' lead to 4-1. Freshman Nolan Lodden continued the scoring by drawing a bases-loaded walk to push the lead to 5-1.
The Rams got a run back in the bottom of fourth to make the score 5-2. The inning was extended on a dropped fly ball in center field with two outs and Fordham's Ryan Phelan cashed in on the opportunity with an RBI single.
O'Brien was locked in during the later innings, not allowing a hit after the fifth and retiring the last seven batters in a row. His only blemish in the later innings was hitting a batter with a pitch in the seventh.
Murakami finished 3-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and one walk while Lodden was 2-for-3 with one RBI and two walks.
Albright recorded his fifth straight multiple-hit game by going 2-for-4 with one RBI and one walk. In his past five games he is batting .681 (15-for-22) with four RBIs.
GW returns to action with a pair of mid-week games. On Tuesday, the Colonials will host UMES at 3:00 p.m. at Barcroft Park before heading to UMBC on Wednesday for a 6:00 p.m. start.
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