O'Brien, Beightol Lead GW Baseball to 2-1 Win Over Saint Joseph's in Series Finale
Colonials Bounce Back from Saturday's Loss
May 6, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - Junior Kenny O'Brien pitched four hitless innings of relief and sophomore Owen Beigthol hit a go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning to lead the George Washington baseball team to a 2-1 victory at Saint Joseph's on Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Smithson Field.
The win allowed GW (18-30, 4-14 A-10) to salvage a piece of the series after dropping the first two games, including Saturday's loss in which the Colonials managed just two hits in a 4-0 loss.
Senior Stephen Oswald gave the Colonials a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a RBI single and sophomore Aaron Weisberg turned in a strong start to keep Saint Joseph's (21-25, 11-6 A-10) lineup in check.
Weisberg was effective, allowing just one run in five innings of work with three strikeouts. However, the sophomore righty found trouble in the sixth inning when he allowed a leadoff double followed by consecutive walks to load the bases. The Colonials turned to O'Brien out of the bullpen who induced a double play followed by a ground out to escape the jam.
O'Brien was on point the rest of the way, not allowing a hit for the duration of his appearance and fanning four batters in the process.
The Colonials loaded the bases with one out in the seventh inning but could not take advantage of the opportunity. Beightol provided the game-winning hit on a solo home run with one out in the top of the eighth inning, his team-high tying fourth jack of the year.
O'Brien returned in the ninth and worked a hitless inning to nail down his team-leading fifth victory of the season.
The Colonials return to Barcroft Park next weekend for its final home series of the year against Xavier. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4 p.m. The series will feature Alumni Day (link) on Saturday and Senior Day on Sunday.