GW Baseball Rallies for 10-5 Win at VCU in Series Finale
Colonials Pound Out 15 Hits and Score Seven Unanswered Runs to Top Rams
May 4, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. - The George Washington baseball team erased a 4-2 deficit and scored seven unanswered runs over the final three innings to defeat VCU, 10-5, in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at The Diamond.
Senior Colin Milon earned the win after pitching 4.2 innings of shutout relief, allowing just three hits with two strikeouts.
Three different players recorded at least three hits and four players recorded multiple RBIs as the Colonials won their seventh conference game of the season.
GW (15-29, 7-14 A-10) tallied four first-inning hits and took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by senior Ryan Xepoleas to strike first.
VCU (32-12, 13-6 A-10) responded with three runs in the bottom of the second off of GW starter Bobby LeWarne, who earned a no decision after yielding five runs (three earned) on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.
Trailing 3-1 in the third inning, GW got within one run of the lead when senior Owen Beightol delivered an RBI single before VCU scored again in the bottom half of the third to push the lead back to two at 4-2.
An RBI groundout by freshman Joey Bartosic in the top of the fourth made the score 4-3, but VCU responded in the bottom of the fifth with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 5-3 and chase LeWarne from the game.
Milon entered in relief with runners on first and second and one out, but induced a double play to end the inning.
GW took the lead for good with a trio of runs in the top of the seventh inning. Bartosic led off the frame with an infield single and stole second base. After a walk to freshman Bobby Campbell, Xepoleas reached on an infield single and Bartosic scored during a throwing error on the play for the first run of the inning. Freshman Colin Gibbons-Fly was next to the plate and gave GW a 6-5 lead by lining an 0-2 pitch up the middle for a two-run single.
The momentum continued into the eighth inning when GW plated four runs on four hits to put the game out of reach. Bartosic delivered an RBI double with one out to make the score 7-5 and an infield RBI single by Beightol later in the inning pushed the score to 8-5. A bases-loaded walk by Xepoleas drove in a run to make the score 9-5 and Gibbons-Fly added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to push the lead to five at 10-5.
Milon allowed three hits in the bottom of the ninth, but stranded all of the runners with a fly out and fielder's choice groundout to end the game.
Gibbons-Fly finished 1-for-4 with a game-high three RBIs while Bartosic (3-for-6, two runs, two RBIs), Beightol (3-for-5, two RBIs), Xepoleas (3-for-4, two RBIs, one run) each added three hits.
Campbell (2-for-4, three runs) and freshman Kevin Mahala (2-for-4, one RBI) also tallied multiple hits in the victory.
GW returns to action with a three-game series versus Rhode Island next weekend at Barcroft Park.