GW Baseball Splits Doubleheader With James Madison on Saturday
Beightol Extends Hit Streak to 11; Teams Play Rubber Match on Sunday in Harrisonburg
April 27, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with visiting James Madison on Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park. The Colonials fell in extra innings in the first game, 5-3, before earning a split with a 5-2 win in the night cap.
GW (16-27) carried a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning of the first game before James Madison (19-23) rallied to send the game to extra innings.
The Colonials gave starter Luke Staub a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by freshman Nolan Lodden and added what appeared to be a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-0 lead.
Lodden led off the sixth with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Senior Tyler McCarthy then reached on a bunt single, driving in Lodden from third. After McCarthy stole second, he stole third base and scored on another throwing error by the catcher to extend the lead to 3-0.
Staub was in control early, recording four strikeouts and only allowing four hits through his first six innings of work, but ran into trouble when attempting to go for the complete-game shutout in the seventh.
A one-out RBI double by JMU's Chad Brown got the Dukes on the board and they added a second run with an RBI single by Casey Goss to cut the deficit to 3-2. JMU completed the comeback and tied the game at 3-3 with an RBI double by Cole McInturff.
Senior Kenny O'Brien entered in relief and recorded the final out of the seventh. O'Brien remained in the game and surrendered three hits over the next four innings before allowing two runs in the 12th, when JMU took a 5-3 lead on an RBI double by Bradley Shaban and an RBI single Conner Brown.
The Colonials were unable to reach base in the bottom half of the 12th as JMU reliever Chris Huffman sealed the win by sitting GW down in order.
In the second game, junior Aaron Weisberg earned the win after allowing two earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
In the bottom of the third, GW grabbed a 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by freshman Matthieu Robert and an infield RBI single by Ryan Hickey. The Colonials added a third run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by junior Owen Beightol to extend the lead to 3-0.
Weisberg was in control but ran into trouble after surrendering back-to-back singles to open the sixth inning. The Colonials conceded a run on a groundout to make the score 3-1 and then an RBI single by Chad Carroll pulled JMU within one run of the lead at 3-2. Junior Colin Milon entered in relief and got the final two outs of the inning to preserve the lead.
The Colonials scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Robert and an RBI single by senior Ryan Hickey to push the lead back to three runs at 5-2.
Craig LeJeune closed the game for his fifth save of the season.
Beightol and McCarthy each recorded three hits on the afternoon to lead the GW offense. Beightol has now hit safely in the past 11 games, batting .348 (16-for-46) during the stretch.
GW and JMU will conclude the series on Sunday afternoon in Harrisonburg, Va. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. from Veterans Memorial Park.