McCarthy's Arm, Bat Lead GW Baseball Past UMBC, 12-5
Colonials Pound Out 12 Runs on 15 Hits
April 24, 2013
BALTIMORE - Senior Tyler McCarthy drove in three runs at the plate and pitched eight solid innings to lead the George Washington baseball team to a 12-5 victory over UMBC on Wednesday evening at Alumni Field.
McCarthy, GW's everyday right fielder, allowed four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts to earn his first victory since March 14, 2012. He did not allow a hit in his first three innings and got plenty of run support from the lineup.
GW (15-26) established an early lead by scoring two runs in the first, third and fourth innings.
Senior Justin Albright led off the game with a single and stole second, extending his hit streak to seven games. He is batting .613 (19-for-31) during the stretch.
The same trio of players struck in the third when Beightol's RBI double and a sacrifice fly from McCarthy put the Colonials up 4-0.
In the fourth, freshman Matthieu Robert hit a two-out double and advanced to third on a single by senior Ryan Hickey. Both runners scored on a two-run single by Albright to put GW up 6-0.
UMBC (11-21) scored three runs off of McCarthy in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run single from catcher Brandon Coluccio.
The Colonials put the game away with three runs in the top of the sixth to extend their lead to 9-2. A two-run single by Hickey, fielder's choice RBI by freshman Eric Kalman and an RBI single by Beightol accounted for the damage.
McCarthy was in control in the later innings, escaping a two-on jam in the eighth.
In the ninth the Colonials scored three more runs to push the lead to 12-2. McCarthy continued his impressive game with another RBI single. Senior Derek Brown also knocked in a run on a base hit and the final run scored on an RBI groundout by Kalman.
McCarthy put the first two runners on to start the ninth and was lifted for junior Craig LeJeune. The runners scored and the Retrievers added a third run off of LeJeune, but the Bristol, Conn., native shut the door to clinch the 12-5 victory.
Beightol extended his hit streak to nine games by going 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Albright also finished with three hits, adding two RBIs. Hickey, Robert and Brown each finished with two hits apiece.
The Colonials will host a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday against James Madison at Barcroft Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Between games, the GW Baseball program will award the 2013 Warren H. Fulton III Memorial Award.