GW Baseball Rallies for Walk-Off 10-9 Win over Navy in 10 Innings
April 25, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team erased a four-run deficit to force extra innings and defeated Navy, 10-9, on a walk-off RBI single from junior Ryan Hickey on Wednesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
The Colonials (17-25) will conclude its 10-game homestand with an Atlantic 10 series against Charlotte beginning on Friday at 4:00 p.m.
In the bottom of the first, junior Derek Brown led off with a single to right center field. He advanced to second on a sacrifice and scored when sophomore Owen Beightol lined a two-out double to left field to put GW Ahead, 1-0.
In the bottom of the second inning, senior Jimmy Best led off with a single to right field. Classmate Ollie Mittag then came to the plate and hit his second home run of the season, a long drive over the left field wall, to put GW ahead 3-0.
Navy (20-24) responded by taking advantage of a Colonials' fielding error, which opened the door to a four-run third inning, to take a 4-3 lead. The Midshipmen extended the lead to 6-3 with two more runs in the top of the fourth inning on a pair of RBI singles from Greg Dupell and Dave Milanes.
In the fourth, the Colonials used a fielding error to extend the inning and senior Ryan Thomas delivered a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Following a scoreless fifth inning, Navy scored a pair of runs on a RBI double by Kash Manzelli and a sacrifice fly by Josh Moore in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 8-4.
A RBI groundout by junior Kyle Gelling in the bottom half of the sixth pulled the Colonials to within three runs at 8-5 but Navy used a RBI single by Alex Azor to push the lead back to four at 9-5.
GW ignited its comeback by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull within one run at 9-5. Brown led off the inning with a single but was forced out on a fielder's choice by senior Stephen Oswald. After a single by sophomore Owen Beightol, senior Matthew Murakami worked a walk to load the bases. Best came to the plate next and earned a RBI on a walk for the first run of the inning.
Mittag extended the inning by reaching on an error, during which both Murakami and Beightol crossed the plate to pull the Colonials within one.
After a scoreless eighth inning, the Colonials completed the comeback by forcing extra innings in the bottom of the ninth inning. Oswald led off with a walk and was lifted for pinch runner Ryan Hickey. A sacrifice bunt advanced Hickey to second and after a flyout, Best came to the plate and once again delivered a clutch RBI, this time on a screaming double to dead center field to tie the game 9-9.
Junior Kenny O'Brien, who had entered the game in relief in the top of the eighth, allowed two hits in the top of the 10th but escaped trouble by striking out pinch hitter Chris Campbell.
Gelling led off the bottom of the 10th with a single but was forced out when the next batter, freshman Xavier Parkmond, reached on a fielder's choice. Brown followed with a single to right field, which advanced Parkmond to second and Bowers worked a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Hickey then came to the plate and delivered the game winning hit, a groundball through the left side of infield on the first pitch he saw, to clinch the 10-9 victory.
O'Brien earned his fourth win of the season after pitching 2.1 innings of shutout relief. Brown finished 3-of-6 with one run scored while Beightol was 2-of-3 with one run and one RBI.
Best finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks. The Johnny Bench Award candidate is hitting .379 and slugging .724 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in the last 10 games.
The Colonials host Charlotte on Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Barcroft Park.