Baseball Earns Series Victory With 12-8 Win over Temple on Senior Day
May 4, 2008
ARLINGTON, VA - Senior C Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA/Broad Run) and sophomore IF Tom Zebroski (Port Washington, NY/Paul Schreiber) each had three hits and combined to score four runs as they led George Washington to a 12-8 win over Temple Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA, in the rubber-game of their Atlantic 10 Conference series. The win, GW's seventh in their past 10 games, keeps the Colonials in the race as they look to qualify for the A-10 Championship. They entered Sunday's game just a game back of the sixth and final spot.
GW sophomore Ryan Lapointe (Somersworth, NH/Phillip Exeter Academy) earned the win and improved his record to 3-3. LaPointe entered the game with two outs in the top of the fourth and worked the remainder of the game, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs while striking out five and surrendering zero walks. Temple's Matt Blackburn was tagged with the loss (3-1) after allowing two runs in two innings pitched.
Offensively, GW (24-24, 10-11) pounded out 14 hits and scored at least one run in seven separate innings. Sean Rockey (Sammamish, WA/Eastlake/Columbia Basin CC) was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI and Tim Reeves (Cumming, GA/North Forsyth) and Curtis Eward (Oakton, VA/Oakton) both had two hits.
Temple (21-24, 12-9 A-10) took an early 1-0 lead with a Stan Orzechowski home run, hit on the very first pitch of the game. GW tied it with a run in the bottom of the first on Brendon Kelliher's (Sandwich, MA/Sandwich) RBI-single. The Colonials added a single run in both the second and third innings. Sean Rockey hit a sac-fly to score Eward in the second and then Andrew Abokhair hit a solo home run deep to center to make it 3-1 after three innings of play. The round-tripper also extended Abokhair's hit-streak to 12 games.
The Owls tied it at three with a Mark Ortega two-run, home run in the top of the fourth inning. GW responded with two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Tim Reeves led-off and crushed a pitch deep over the fence in right field. Eward followed with a walk and then came around to score on Rockey's single to right.
Temple reclaimed the lead when Sean Barksdale hit a three-run homer to center in the top of the fifth, making it 6-5. In the bottom of the sixth inning, GW once again took control and pushed across a pair of runs with two outs. With Rockey on first, Zebroski roped a single into left. The ball got past the leftfielder, allowing Rockey to score all the way from first. Zebroski took advantage of two wild pitches and eventually came around to score and give GW a lead they would not relinquish.
GW added three runs in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two on Tom Zebroski's two-run single into left, and then plated another two in the eighth with a two-RBI single up the middle off the bat of Curtis Eward to give the Colonials a 12-6 lead. The Owls managed a couple of runs in the top of the ninth and had two runners on base with only one out, but LaPointe was able to avoid any further damage as he slammed the door shut to preserve the GW win.
George Washington takes this next week off for finals. The Colonials will resume play next weekend in a three-game A-10 series at La Salle (12-31, 7-12 A-10), beginning with a doubleheader Saturday, May 10, at 12:00 p.m.