GW Baseball Downs UMES, 9-6
April 24, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. - Senior Jimmy Best finished with three hits, including a home run, and five RBIs to lead the George Washington baseball team to a 9-6 victory over UMES on Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
The game featured 15 runs, 23 hits and five errors between the two teams.
GW (16-25) took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by junior Justin Albright. Junior Derek Brown led off with a triple to right field, his first of the season, and scored when Albright lofted a fly ball to right field.
UMES (9-32) tied the game in the top of the second by scoring a run on an error, but the Colonials regained the lead in the bottom half. After junior Ryan Hickey walked and stole second, Best came to the plate and collected his first hit of the day on a RBI single through the right side of the infield to put GW ahead 2-1.
The Hawks used a pair of RBI singles by Joshua James and Shaquille Bagwell to take a brief 3-2 lead, but the Colonials stormed back with a vengeance, plating five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a commanding 7-3 advantage.
The five-run inning began when Albright led off by reaching safely on an error. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when senior Stephen Oswald lined a RBI double to the gap in right center field to tie the score at 3-3. Sophomore Owen Beightol continued the momentum with a single through the left side of the infield to advance Oswald to third base.
Following a strikeout, Best came to the plate and blasted a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for his team-leading fourth home run of the season. Freshman Grant Brown followed Best's lead and smacked an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall for back-to-back home runs and the first round-tripper of his career.
UMES cut the deficit to 7-4 on a RBI double by Tre-von Johnson and pulled within two by scoring a run on a wild pitch.
Beightol pushed the lead back to three runs with a RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Colonials were poised to do more damage, but left the bases loaded. UMES responded by plating one run in the fifth off of Colonials' starter JT Wauford to get within two runs of the lead again at 8-6.
Best pushed the lead back to 9-6 with a RBI single to drive in junior Ryan Hickey, who had tripled earlier in the inning.
Wauford earned the win after pitching five innings, yielding six runs (four earned) with two walks and three strikeouts. He gave way to Albright, who shifted from second base to the mound at the start of the sixth inning.
Albright was dominant for the Colonials, earning his first save of the season after allowing just two hits and one walk in four shutout innings. He walked one and struck out two batters.
Beightol finished 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI while Oswald finished 1-for-4 with one walk, one run and one RBI.
The Colonials will continue their 10-game homestand on Wednesday afternoon against Navy. First pitch from Barcroft Park is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.