Gately Spins Complete Game As Baseball Tops Dayton, 5-1
April 30, 2011
ARLINGTON, VA- Senior Tommy Gately allowed just three hits while striking out a career-high nine batters in a complete-game effort to lead the George Washington baseball team to a 5-1 victory over visiting Dayton at Barcroft Park on Saturday afternoon.
Gately was dominant for GW (12-31, 4-10 A-10) as he went the distance for his fourth win of the season. The senior from Reston, VA allowed a total of six base runners, with only two reaching third base.
After a lead off double to start the game, Gately struck out the side to escape the jam. Dayton (24-19, 9-5 A-10) got their only run of the game in the top of the third inning after Mike Coughlin reached on an error, stole second and advanced to third on another error. He then scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.
The Colonials took the lead in the bottom of the third with solo home runs by junior Stephen Oswald and senior Brendon Kelliher. With one out, Oswald launched a 0-1 pitch over the right-center field wall for his fourth long ball of the year. Kelliher followed later with his 11th home run of the year to extend his current hitting streak to 11 games, the second time this season he has had a hit streak extend to double digits.
Sophomore Tyler McCarthy extended the lead to 3-1 with a RBI triple down the right field line in the fourth inning, his team-leading third of the year. Junior Jimmy Best added a sacrifice fly to stretch the lead to 4-1.
Oswald singled to start the fifth inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Joe Motto. After Kelliher was intentionally walked, sophomore Justin Albright singled to center field to load the bases. Freshman Owen Beightol then delivered a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 5-1.
Gately shut down the Flyers lineup over the final four innings, allowing just one hit and recording four strikeouts. It was the first complete game for the Colonials since Ryan Lapointe went the distance in a 6-5 victory against Massachusetts on April 30 of last year.
The Colonials and Flyers will meet in the rubber match Sunday afternoon at 12:00 pm at Barcroft Park. LHP Bobby Lucas, who is ranked second in the Atlantic 10 with 66 strikeouts, will take the ball for GW against Dayton's Michael Hauschild.