GW Baseball Falls, 5-4, in 11 Innings at Saint Joseph's
May 4, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - The George Washington baseball team erased a 4-2 deficit to force extra innings, but ultimately fell at Saint Joseph's, 5-4, in 11 innings on Friday afternoon at Maguire Campus Baseball Field.
GW (17-29, 3-13 A-10) received a strong start from junior Justin Albright. In his first start of the season, Albright allowed four runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings of work. He walked just one batter while recording six strikeouts.
Saint Joseph's (20-24, 10-5 A-10) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI single by Greg Kumpel and a run-scoring groundout by designated hitter Chris Hueth.
Sophomore Owen Beightol got the Colonials on the board in the bottom of the third. Senior Ollie Mittag was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a single by classmate Stephen Oswald. Beightol then lined a 2-2 pitch to left field to score Mittag and pull the Colonials within one.
The Hawks plated two runs in the seventh to extend the lead to 4-2, but GW rallied in the final two innings to force extra innings. In the eighth, senior Matt Murakami delivered a RBI single and in the ninth Oswald drove in a run on a base hit.
The Hawks clinched the game in the bottom of the 11th inning. A leadoff walk to Brett Tiawag followed by a double by Ryan Pater put runners on second and third with no outs. Tiawag then scored the winning run on a passed ball to send the Saint Joseph's to victory.
The Colonials and Hawks will meet on Saturday in game two of the three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.