MD-Eastern Shore Upends GW
April 24, 2007
ARLINGTON, VA - Maryland-Eastern Shore (9-33) sent nine batters to the plate as they scored three runs in the top of the ninth to steal a 5-3 win from George Washington (16-24-1) Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
For GW, the loss, just their second in their past eight games, snaps a three-game winning streak.
MD-Eastern Shore opened the scoring in the first with a run-scoring single up the middle by catcher Justin Hoban.
The Colonials matched the Hawks in the bottom frame. Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ/Wall) led-off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a Hoban throwing error and then came around to score on Michael Parker's (Newton, MA/Newton) pop-out to the shortstop in shallow left-center.
The game remained tied until the sixth inning, when, with two outs, UMES hit back-to-back doubles to take a 2-1 lead.
The Hawks' slim margin was short-lived, however, as the Colonials responded with one run in the bottom half of the sixth. Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) blasted the first pitch he saw deep over the scoreboard in right-center for his team-leading 11th home run of the season. GW loaded the bases on two consecutive hit batters and an Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA/Broad Run) single, with just one out, but was unable to move the runners, as they ended the sixth with three runners left on.
GW managed to scrape together another run in the seventh to claim a 3-2 advantage. Mickey Shupin led-off with a single, advanced to second on Tom Zebroski's (Port Washington, NY/Paul Schreiber) sac-bunt and then stole third. Shupin scored, again, on a sac fly by Michael Parker.
The Hawks fought back in the top of the ninth a final time to take a 5-3 lead, scoring three runs as they pieced together three hits and sent nine batters to the plate. The backbreaker was an Eric Gaines single roped into center field that plated two of the Hawks' runs.
GW used a total of five pitchers on the day, with none of them throwing longer than two innings. Derek Haese (Littleton, CO/Dakota Ridge) worked the final two innings and was saddled with the loss (1-6).
MD-Eastern Shore's Tyler Winch (1-5) earned his first win of the season, pitching the final two innings in relief.
George Washington will host Charlotte in a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series this weekend, beginning Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Game Notes: With two stolen bases, his 20th and 21st of the season, Shupin has taken over sole possession of third-place all-time at GW ... his career total of 65 trails only Ken LaVan (68) and Greg Ritchie (71) ... Shupin was the only Colonial to record more than one hit, as he finished 3-4 with two runs ... Kruer's 11 home runs are the most in one season since Ryan Roberson hit 15 in 2005 ... Michael Parker had two RBI without recording a hit.