GW Baseball Tops Xavier, 4-2, in Series Opener
Albright Throws Eight Shutout Innings
May 11, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. - Junior Justin Albright pitched eight strong innings and sophomore Owen Beightol homered for the second game in a row as the George Washington baseball team knocked off visiting Xavier, 4-2, on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
The Colonials (19-30, 5-14 A-10) and Musketeers (25-26,10-9 A-10) will meet again on Saturday at 1 p.m. for Alumni & Dedication Day.
GW took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning and never relinquished the lead behind Albright's strong performance. He scattered eight hits while allowing two runs over eight innings of work with one strikeout to earn his team-leading fourth win of the season.
Senior Jimmy Best led off the second with a double down the right field line. A walk to freshman Grant Brown and a wild pitch put runners on second and third with no outs and junior Kyle Gelling put the Colonials on the board with a RBI groundout.
The Colonials held the 1-0 advantage until the top of the fifth when Xavier tied the score on a sacrifice fly by Mark Elwell.
GW responded by stringing together three hits in the bottom half of the fifth inning to retake the lead, 2-1. Freshman Xavier Parkmond hit an infield single with one out but was thrown out at the plate on the next play, a long double by Derek Brown to right field. Senior Ollie Mittag followed by smacking a RBI single up the middle to plate Brown.
Beightol extended the Colonials' lead in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run. He lofted a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall for his team-leading fifth homer of the season.
Albright found trouble in the top of the eighth when he loaded the bases with no outs, but he escaped by trading two outs for one run on a double-play ball. He retired the side and exited the game with a 3-2 lead.
The Colonials picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by senior Jimmy Best to hand a 4-2 lead to junior Kenny O'Brien. O'Brien struck out the first batter he faced and retired the next two in order to pick up his team-leading fifth save of the season.
Sophomore Craig Lejeune will get the start for the Colonials on Saturday against Xavier's Tyler Koors. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.