GW Baseball Wins Series Opener, 7-5, over St. Bona
Colonials Win Fifth Straight to Open Final Weekend of Regular Season
May 15, 2014
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Three players recorded multiple hits and senior Aaron Weisberg allowed just two earned runs in 7.1 innings of work as the George Washington baseball team won its fifth straight game with a 7-5 victory over St. Bonaventure in the series opener on Friday afternoon at Fred Handler Park.
GW (19-29, 11-14 A-10) remains one game behind seventh-place Fordham in the Atlantic 10 standings, after the Rams defeated VCU, 6-3 on Thursday afternoon. The top seven teams at the conclusion of the regular season will advance to next week's Atlantic 10 Championship in St. Louis.
GW saw its offense get right to work in the top of the first inning, plating a pair of runs to spot Weisberg a 2-0 lead.
Freshman Joey Bartosic led off the game with a bunt single and stole second before a walk by freshman Andrew Selby and a hit batsman loaded the bases with no outs. GW scored its first run on a double-play ball, and junior Ryan Xepoleas followed moments later with a RBI single to push the lead to 2-0.
Weisberg worked scoreless frames in the second and third innings before the Colonials struck again for three runs in the top of the fourth.
Senior Owen Beightol led off the inning with a single to left field and advanced to second on a groundout before scoring on an RBI double from freshman Kevin Mahala, pushing the lead to 3-0. After a walk to freshman Cody Bryant, classmate Jon Steele singled to right field to load the bases.
Freshman Eli Kashi drove in Mahala on an RBI bunt single to run the score to 4-0, and a passed ball brought home Bryant to extend the lead to 5-0.
Weisberg needed just five pitches to get through a perfect bottom half of the fourth inning before yielding an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth, making the score 5-1.
GW extended its lead to 6-1 in the top of the seventh when Selby delivered a run-scoring sacrifice bunt to drive in Kashi, who had singled to lead off the inning.
The Colonials added a seventh run in the top of the eighth on an RBI groundout by Steele.
Weisberg ran into trouble in the bottom of the eighth when he allowed three singles to load the bases with one out. Later in the inning, a base hit combined with an error in the outfield allowed three runs to score, pulling St. Bonaventure (11-29, 5-16 A-10) within three runs of the lead at 7-4.
Senior Luke Staub relieved Weisberg and escaped the jam to move the game to the ninth.
The Colonials left the bases loaded in the top of the ninth and the Bonnies were able to plate one run in the bottom half to get within two runs at 7-5, but Staub retired the side to earn the save.
Mahala finished 2-for-4 with one run, one RBI and one walk to lead the Colonials, while Bartosic (2-for-5, one run) and Kashi (2-for-4, one run, one RBI) each added multiple-hit efforts.
Weisberg earned the win after allowing four runs (two earned) on 11 hits with three strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work.
Staub picked up his second save of the season after allowing one run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout in 1.2 innings of relief.
GW and St. Bonaventure will play Game Two on Friday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.