GW Baseball Falls to Xavier, 11-4
May 12, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. - Xavier took a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back as the George Washington baseball team fell to the Musketeers, 11-4, on Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
Xavier (26-26, 11-9 A-10) used five walks and three hits to take a quick 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning but the Colonials were able to pull within two runs of the lead at 6-4 after three innings of play.
In the bottom of the second, senior Jimmy Best led off with a single to left field. He advanced to second when classmate Ryan Thomas was hit by a pitch and each runner advanced following a sacrifice bunt. Junior Derek Brown then singled up the middle to drive in a run and cut the deficit to 6-1.
GW (19-31, 5-15 A-10) added three runs in the third inning. Senior Matt Murakami drew a one-out walk and advanced to second when sophomore Owen Beigthol followed with a single to left field. Freshman Grant Brown then came to the plate and provided a RBI single to score Murakami. Best followed with a RBI single and the Colonials plated a third run on a RBI single by freshman Xavier Parkmond.
The Musketeers extened its lead to 10-4 after scoring four runs in the fourth inning. They added a final run in the eighth inning to push the lead to 11-4.
Also in the eighth inning, sophomore Matthew Seedorff found himself in a bases-loaded jam with one out. He then induced a rare triple play, as Xavier shortstop Patrick Paligraf floated a fly ball to center field, which was caught by Ryan Hickey for the first out. Hickey made a heads-up throw to home plate where catcher Ryan Thomas applied the tag for the second out of the inning. Thomas bounced up and caught a runner in a rundown between second and third, where junior Robbie Haben tagged out Jacob Bodner to complete the sequence.
The Colonials got scoreless innings out of the bullpen from sophomore Taylor Lambke (1.0 innings, one walk), junior Brian Derner (2.0 innings, one hit, two walks) and freshman Grayson Crouse (1.0 innings, one strikeout).
Beightol and Best each finished 3-of-4 at the plate while senior Ollie Mittag was 1-for-4.
GW and Xavier will meet in Sunday's rubber match at 12 p.m. Prior to the game, the GW Department of Athletics & Recreation along with the GW Baseball program will honor seven seniors for their years of dedication to the program.