GW Baseball Earns Series Win With Doubleheader Split Against VCU on Sunday
Albright Extends Reached-Base Streak to 18 Consecutive Games; Colonials Host La Salle Next Weekend for Regular-Season Finale
May 12, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team won its third consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference series by splitting Sunday's doubleheader against VCU at Barcroft Park. The Colonials won the first game, 7-3, before falling in the nightcap by a score of 9-2.
GW (22-30, 12-9 A-10) closes the weekend tied with Saint Joseph's for seventh place in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings. The top seven teams at the end of next weekend advance to the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship, May 22-25 in Charlotte, N.C.
A quartet of pitchers limited VCU to three runs in the opening game as junior Aaron Weisberg earned the win after pitching six strong innings. He surrendered three earned runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts to earn his team-leading sixth win of the season.
The Colonials' offense built a 3-0 advantage in the top of the first inning and never relinquished the lead on the way to the team's seventh straight victory.
Senior Justin Albright started the day by leading off with a base hit to extend his reached-base streak to 17 games. After a sacrifice, Albright scored on an RBI single by junior Owen Beightol to put GW up 1-0. Later in the inning, senior Derek Brown blasted a two-run double off of the left field wall to give the Colonials an early 3-0 lead.
VCU (25-25, 9-12 A-10) cut the deficit to one with single runs off of Weisberg in the third and fourth innings, but RBI singles from Beightol and sophomore Xavier Parkmond in the bottom of the fourth pushed the lead back to three at 5-2.
An RBI ground out in the sixth inning got the Rams back within two runs of the lead at 5-3 but the Colonials had an answer once again as freshman Matthieu Robert's two-run single in the seventh extended the advantage to 7-3.
Senior Kenny O'Brien pitched two scoreless innings of relief and gave way to junior Craig Lejeune in the ninth, who shut the door on the Rams for his eighth save of the season. LeJeune is four saves shy of tying the single-season saves record of 12, set by Derrik Lutz in 2004.
In the night cap, VCU scored five runs in the first inning on the way to a 9-2 victory.
The Colonials got two runs back with a sacrifice fly by senior Tyler McCarthy in the fourth inning and a fielder's choice RBI from freshman Nolan Lodden in the sixth, but the Rams distanced themselves with four runs across the seventh and eighth innings to build a 9-2 advantage.
VCU's Seth Greene earned the win with seven innings of two-run ball. Matt Lees preserved the lead by finishing the game with two shutout innings.
McCarthy and Beightol each recorded three hits across the doubleheader to pace the offense while Beightol, Brown and Robert each drove in two runs apiece. A single by Albright in the nightcap extended his reached-base streak to 18 consecutive games.
The Colonials conclude the regular season with a three-game series against La Salle at Barcroft Park beginning Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. GW is vying for its first Atlantic 10 Championship bid since the 2006 season.