GW Baseball Downs Dayton, 12-0, in Series Opener
Kalman Drives in Five as Colonials Tie Season High With 16 Hits
May 3, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - Junior Luke Staub carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning on the way to eight shutout innings and freshman Eric Kalman had three hits and five RBIs as the George Washington baseball team opened a critical Atlantic 10 series with a 12-0 victory over Dayton on Friday afternoon at Woerner Field.
Staub was untouchable in the early going, cruising through his first five innings without giving up a hit. A leadoff single in the sixth ended the no-hit bid, but Staub picked the runner off of first base and went on to pitch eight shutout innings of two-hit ball. He earned his third win of the year after allowing just two hits and two walks to go with four strikeouts.
GW (18-29, 8-8 A-10) plated three runs with two outs in the top of the first inning and never looked back while tying its season high with 16 hits.
Junior Owen Beightol started the scoring sequence with a two-out single before stealing second base. After a walk to senior Tyler McCarthy, Beightol stole third and scored on an RBI single by senior Derek Brown to take a 1-0 lead. McCarthy and Brown were then driven in on a two-run double by Kalman to give GW a 3-0 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, the Colonials proceeded to push runs across in each of the next three frames off of Dayton (9-32-1, 3-16 A-10) starter Noah Buettgen.
In the third, an RBI single by senior Matthew Murakami made the score 4-0 and Beightol extended the lead to 5-0 with a run-scoring base hit in the fourth inning.
Kalman led off the top of the fifth with his first career home run to push the lead to 6-0. Later in the inning, Albright provided an RBI single to put the Colonials up by a 7-0 margin.
The scoring continued in the seventh when senior Ryan Hickey drove in two runs on a fielder's choice combined with an error, running the lead to 9-0.
In the eighth, Brown's RBI double and another RBI from Kalman, on a base hit, extended the lead to 11-0. The Colonials added their twelfth and final run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Kalman.
Sophomore Matthew Seedorff worked a perfect ninth inning to clinch the victory.
Four different Colonials recorded at least three hits, led by Kalman's 3-for-3, five RBI day. Murakami finished 4-for-6 with two runs scored and one RBI while Albright and Beightol each added three hits and one RBI apiece.
Kalman is the first GW player to register five RBIs since Jimmy Best on April 24, 2012.
The Colonials and Flyers will play Game 2 of their three-game set on Saturday at Woerner Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.