GW Baseball Wins Non-Conference Finale at Navy, 5-2
Bullpen Pitches 3.1 Scoreless Innings to Clinch Victory
May 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Junior Owen Beightol drove in two runs and freshman Jacob Williams earned his first career victory on the mound as the George Washington baseball team concluded its non-conference schedule with a 5-2 win over Navy on Wednesday afternoon at Max Bishop Stadium.
Williams allowed just two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings of work. The Greenwood, Del., native struck out four batters while issuing just one walk to pick up the win in the first start of his career.
After a scoreless first two innings, GW (17-29) staked Williams a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Beightol.
Senior Ryan Hickey struck out to lead off the fifth inning but reached base on a passed ball. After senior Justin Albright was hit by a pitch, the Colonials executed a double steal to move the runners into scoring position. A walk to freshman Nolan Lodden loaded the bases and Beightol followed by lining a base hit to center field to extend the lead to 2-0. The Colonials scored once more in the inning on an RBI by groundout by senior Tyler McCarthy to make the score 3-0.
Navy (28-21), which had won seven in a row entering Wednesday's game, responded with two runs in the sixth inning on an RBI triple by Greg Dupell and a sacrifice fly from Connor Deenan to get within one run of the lead at 3-2.
GW's bullpen was in control the remainder of the game as three pitchers combined for 3.1 innings of shutout relief.
Freshmen Luke Olson relieved Williams in the sixth and got a key out before turning the ball over to McCarthy, who fired a hitless seventh inning with two strikeouts and a walk.
The Colonials plated two insurance runs in the top of the eighth to extend the lead to 5-2. McCarthy led off the inning with a base hit and scored on an RBI double by senior Derek Brown. Freshman Eric Kalman then came to the plate and drove in Brown with an RBI single up the middle.
Freshman Bobby LeWarne took the ball in the eighth and worked two perfect innings with three strikeouts to earn his first collegiate save.
Beightol finished the day 1-for-4 with two RBIs, while Lodden got on base twice with two walks.
The Colonials return to action this weekend with a critical Atlantic 10 series at Dayton beginning Friday at 3:00 p.m.
GW is currently in ninth place in the A-10 standings with a 7-8 conference record. The top seven teams advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship, May 22-25, in Charlotte, N.C.