GW Baseball Tops UMES, 7-3
May 10, 2011
ARLINGTON, VA- Sophomore Kyle Gelling hit his first career home run and freshman Owen Beightol was 3-for-5 with two steals and two RBIs to lead the George Washington baseball team to a 7-3 victory over UMES on Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
GW (14-33) fell behind 2-0 in the top of the fourth after starter Aaron Weisberg gave up consecutive doubles to start the inning, allowing UMES (8-39) to take a 1-0 lead. The Hawks extended the advantage to 2-0 following a RBI single after a passed ball. Weisberg earned the win after pitching five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) with four strikeouts.
The Colonials offense came alive in the bottom of the fifth inning when sophomore Justin Albright reached on an infield single to shortstop. Albright successfully stole second and third base, two of six total stolen bases for the Colonials, and then scored on freshman Brookes Townsend's double down the left field line.
Beightol followed with a RBI single to right field to tie the game 2-2. Gelling then came to the plate and hit a line-drive home run over the right field fence for his first career home run to give GW a 4-2 lead.
Sophomore Ryan Heinz came on in relief to start the sixth inning and gave up a RBI single before retiring the side. Heinz settled down to pitch two and one-third innings, allowing just one run with one strikeout.
GW added insurance runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Gelling led off with a walk and advanced to third on a ground-rule double by senior Brendon Kelliher. Junior Stephen Oswald then lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to push the lead to 5-3.
Sophomore Tyler McCarthy led off the eighth with a walk and advanced to second after Albright drew a walk. Townsend then reached on an error during a sacrifice bunt attempt which scored McCarthy. Beightol followed with his second RBI, a single through the right side of the infield to extend the lead to 7-3.
Freshman Colin Milon pitched a shut out one and two-third innings to clinch the win for GW, their fourth win in their last six outings.
The Colonials will return to the field Wednesday afternoon in Baltimore, MD when they visit Towson. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 pm.