GW Baseball Falls at William & Mary in Non-Conference Action
May 1, 2007
WILLIAMSBURG, VA - William & Mary (26-21) senior Greg Sexton had five hits, including his tenth home run of the season, and drove in five runs to lead the tribe to a 13-5 win over George Washington (17-27-1) Tuesday night at Plumeri Park.
In the loss, Colonials senior Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ/Wall) stole three bases, giving him 26 for the season, establishing a new personal season high (he had 24 swipes last season). His 70 career stolen bases give him sole possession of second place all-time at GW. With 10 regular season games remaining, Shupin needs just two more to pass the current record holder, Gregg Ritchie (1983-1986).
With the win, W&M earned a split of the season series. GW took the first game, on Mar. 13, by a final of 3-1.
In Tuesday's game, the first night contest for GW this season, William & Mary took a 7-0 lead after just two innings and never looked back. Greg Sexton's home run in the first inning scored two runs and then in the second, the Tribe sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs on four hits.
The Colonials never surrendered, however, as they scored five runs over the next four innings.
In the top of the third, with two outs, Shupin singled through the right side, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and then scored when W&M's second baseman threw away a groundball hit by Chris Holland (Pasadena, MD/Chesapeake).
GW added two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, after freshman Chris Davis (Richmond, BC/Burnett Secondary) recorded his first career double and Shupin was hit by a pitch, Holland grounded out to score a run and then Michael Parker (Newton, MA/Newton South) singled to plate Shupin.
The Colonials added two more runs in the sixth, when, with runners already on first and second, the Tribe's pitcher threw away a groundball hit by Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA/Broad Run) for a two-base, two-run error, making it 8-5 in favor of W&M.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Colonials would get in the game. The Tribe scored two runs in the seventh and added another three in the eighth.
Relief pitching kept GW close all game, including the work of Derek Haese (Littleton, CO/Dakota Ridge). The senior, in five innings, allowed just three runs, two earned, and struck out eight, equaling his season high.
George Washington will travel to Rhode Island (16-24, 10-8) this weekend for a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series against the Rams. It will mark the first meeting between the two teams since last year's A-10 Tournament (5/26/06), a 17-inning epic battle won by GW, 6-5. Game one is scheduled for Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Game Notes: Chris Davis made just his second career start in the game, Chris Holland his third ... Michael Parker finished 3-for-4 with one RBI and a stolen base ... Parker now has 41 stolen bases, putting him in a tie for 11th place all-time at GW ... three of GW's seven runs were unearned.