GW Baseball Rallies to Top URI in 14 Innings, 7-6
Kashi's Walkoff Single Wins Longest Atlantic 10 Conference Game of Season
May 9, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - Freshman Eli Kashi singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning to lead the George Washington baseball team to a 7-6, come-from-behind victory over Rhode Island in the series opener on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
The 14 innings stand as the longest game between two Atlantic 10 conference opponents this season and the second-longest game in GW baseball history after a 17-inning affair between the Colonials and Rams on May 26, 2006.
GW (16-29, 8-14 A-10) fell behind 1-0 in the first inning before a one-out error in the top of the third led to three more runs and a 4-0 lead for Rhode Island (11-35, 6-14 A-10). The Rams extended the advantage to 5-0 in the fourth inning, chasing Colonials' starter Aaron Weisberg from the game.
Freshman Eddie Muhl relieved Weisberg to start the fifth inning and proceeded to pitch three straight shutout innings, allowing just one hit during the outing with two strikeouts.
GW's offense came alive in the bottom of the seventh inning when the Colonials plated four runs on four hits. Freshman Andrew Selby started the scoring sequence by working a seven-pitch walk and advanced to second on a single by freshman Bobby Campbell.
Senior Owen Beightol then came to the plate and lined a base hit to right field to score Selby for GW's first run of the day. Two batters later, freshman Jon Steele lifted a 0-1 pitch to deep left field to drive in two runs and pull GW within two runs of the lead at 5-3.
Freshman Kevin Mahala was next to the plate and ripped a RBI single up the middle to make the score 5-4.
Senior Luke Staub entered in relief of Muhl to open the top of the eighth inning and retired the side on five pitches.
GW's momentum carried into the bottom of the eighth inning as the Colonials took the lead with two runs on three hits. Freshman Joey Bartosic hit a one-out single, stole second and scored on a RBI double by Selby to knot the score at 5-5. After a single by Campbell put runners on first and third, Beightol legged out a fielder's choice RBI to drive in Selby and give the Colonials their first lead of the day at 6-5.
Rhode Island tied the game in the top of the ninth on a RBI single by Tim Caputo to send the game into extra innings.
Freshman Jordan Sheinkop took the ball to open the 10th inning and allowed one hit before retiring the side. In total, he pitched 4.1 innings of shutout relief, allowing just three hits, to keep the game deadlocked at 6-6.
Sheinkop was aided with a huge double play in the top of the 13th inning. After a leadoff walk, URI's Mike Sherburne lifted a ball to deep left field. Freshman Joey Bartosic made a long run to make a leaping catch against the outfield wall before firing the ball to the cutoff man on one hop. Kashi made the relay throw to complete the double play and Sheinkop retired the final batter of the inning on a routine fly out.
Sheinkop ran into trouble in the top of the14th when he loaded the bases with one out but sophomore Luke Olson entered in relief and escaped the jam to send the game to the bottom half of the inning.
GW's game-winning sequence began when junior Ryan Xepoleas worked a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Gabe Scott. After a walk by Steele, Xepoleas was caught stealing at third base but a single by freshman Kevin Mahala put runners on first and second with two outs.
Kashi then came to the plate and lined a 2-2 pitch through the left side of the infield. Steele rounded third and was beat home by the throw but a hard slide jarred the ball away from Rhode Island's catcher and he touched the plate to clinch the 7-6 victory.
Olson earned the win with his 0.2 innings of relief.
Kashi, Mahala and Bartosic each finished with two hits apiece to lead the Colonials while Steele and Beightol led the way with two RBIs each.
Saturday's game two has been rescheduled for 11:00 a.m. due to forecasted thunderstorms in the Arlington area. Sophomore Jacob Williams will get the start for the Colonials against Rhode Island's Steven Moyer.