GW Baseball Downs Dayton, 7-5, for Series Sweep
Kalman and Albright Lead Offense with Three Hits Each as Colonials Earn 10th Conference Win
May 5, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio - The George Washington baseball team rallied from an early deficit for the second day in a row to win their fourth straight game and sweep Dayton with a 7-5 victory on Sunday afternoon at Woerner Field.
Freshman Bobby LeWarne earned his second win of the season after striking out six batters in five innings of two-run relief as the Colonials earned their 10th Atlantic 10 victory.
GW (20-29, 10-8 A-10) took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning with a sacrifice fly from starting pitcher Tyler McCarthy.
Dayton (9-34-1, 3-18 A-10) responded immediately in the bottom of the inning by scoring three runs off of McCarthy to take a 3-1 lead. McCarthy exited the game after allowing two runs and leaving one runner on base. LeWarne entered in relief and yielded the final run before retiring the side.
Kalman is batting .550 with nine RBIs while slugging .800 over his past five games.
The Colonials struck for three runs in the top of the seventh inning to extend their lead to 7-3. Freshman Nolan Lodden led off with a single and advanced to second when junior Owen Beightol reached on a bunt single. A sacrifice bunt by McCarthy advanced the runners and senior Derek Brown drove in the first run when he reached base on an error. Kalman followed with an RBI single to score Beightol and senior Matthew Murakami executed a perfect squeeze bunt to drive in the third and final run.
Dayton plated two runs in the eighth inning to pull within two runs of the lead at 7-5 but junior Craig LeJeune worked a scoreless ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.
GW will play its final six games of the season at Barcroft Park. Next weekend, the Colonials host conference newcomer VCU from Friday-Sunday before closing the regular season with a three-game series against La Salle, May 16-18.
The Colonials are in the hunt for their first Atlantic 10 Championship berth since the 2006 season. The 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship will be held at Charlotte's Hayes Stadium, May 22-25.