Late Rally Sends GW Baseball to Third Straight Win, 7-4 at Dayton
Five-Run Eighth and Two in the Seventh Clinches Series; Colonials Go For Sweep on Sunday
May 4, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - The George Washington baseball team scored all of its runs in the seventh and eighth innings to rally for a come-from-behind victory, 7-4, over Dayton on Saturday afternoon at Woerner Field.
Dayton (9-33, 3-17 A-10) had gained a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning via a two-run double from junior outfielder Mark Podias and led for most of the game before GW (19-29, 9-8 A-10) tied the game in the seventh and plated five runs in the eighth.
In the seventh, senior Derek Brown earned a one-out walk and stole second with two outs. After a walk to senior Matthew Murakami, sophomore Xavier Parkmond reached on an infield single to load the bases. Senior Ryan Hickey then reached base on a throwing error by the shortstop, which allowed two runs to score to knot the game at 2-2.
Junior Kenny O'Brien worked a perfect seventh and the GW offense carried its momentum into the eighth, scoring five runs to take a commanding 7-2 lead.
An RBI double by senior Tyler McCarthy broke the tie and gave GW a 3-2 lead, and an RBI on a fielder's choice by Brown extended the advantage to 4-2.
Freshman Eric Kalman continued his hot hitting from the day prior and provided an RBI single to push the lead to 5-2. Hickey (sacrifice fly) and senior Justin Albright (RBI single) capped the scoring to run the lead to 7-2.
O'Brien yielded a pair of runs in the eighth on an RBI single and double, but earned the win when junior Craig LeJeune recorded the final four outs for his sixth save of the season.
Albright (single, double), freshman Nolan Lodden and junior Owen Beightol each recorded two hits apiece to lead the offense. Parkmond finished with a hit and two walks after entering the game in the third inning.
GW will go for its second Atlantic 10 sweep of the season tomorrow afternoon in Game 3 at 12:00 p.m. The Colonials swept Massachusetts earlier this season at Barcroft Park.