GW Baseball Wins Series Opener, 10-4, Over La Salle
Murakami Drives in Four Runs; Albright & McCarthy Each Extend Respective Streaks
May 16, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team erased an early three-run deficit by scoring nine unanswered runs on the way to a 10-4 victory over La Salle in the series opener on Thursday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
GW (23-30, 13-9 A-10) starter Luke Staub surrendered a three-run home run to Mark Williams in the top of the first, but the Colonials' offense responded immediately in the bottom of the inning by scoring four runs, aided by an error, to grab a 4-3 lead.
After a one-out walk to sophomore Xavier Parkmond, junior Owen Beightol reached on an error which advanced Parkmond to third. Senior Tyler McCarthy then reached on a fielder's choice, driving in Parkmond to make the score 3-1. A two-out single by freshman Eric Kalman extended the inning and junior Brookes Townsend connected on an RBI single to pull the Colonials within one run of the lead at 3-2.
Senior Matthew Murakami was up next and lofted a long double off of the wall in left field to drive in a pair of runs to put the Colonials up 4-3, a lead they would never relinquish.
Staub pitched into a jam in the second after yielding a hit and a walk with two outs, but the junior escaped unscathed.
The Colonials scored single runs in both the second and third innings to extend the lead to 6-3.
In the second inning senior Justin Albright drew a one-out walk to extend his reached-base streak to 19 consecutive games, the second longest active streak in the Atlantic 10. After a ground out advanced Albright to second, Beightol followed with an RBI single up the middle to drive in Albright, making the score 5-3.
In the third, Murakami reached base on an infield single with two outs and scored when freshman Matthieu Robert roped an RBI triple down the right field line, extending the lead to 6-3.
GW's offense continued to roll in the fourth inning as the Colonials put the game out of reach with three runs. Parkmond drew a one-out walk, stole second and stole third before scoring on a throwing error by La Salle's catcher. Beightol followed with an infield single and McCarthy was right behind him with a single to left field to put runners on the corners. Murakami came to the plate next and delivered once again, this time with a two-run single up the middle to run the score to 9-3.
La Salle (24-25, 15-7 A-10) got one run back in the top of the fifth but the Colonials scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to push the lead back to six runs at 10-4.
After the first inning, Staub settled down nicely to earn the win. He pitched eight innings and gave up four earned runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Junior Craig LeJeune pitched a scoreless ninth to clinch the victory.
Murakami finished 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs while Beightol and Robert each finished with two hits apiece. For Beightol, it was his team-leading 17th multiple-hit game of the season.
With his single in the third inning, McCarthy joined Beightol as the two players on the team to have a hitting streak reach double figures this season.
GW and La Salle will play Game Two on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m at Barcroft Park.
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