GW Baseball Clinches A-10 Berth, Series With 3-1 Win Over La Salle
Parkmond's Two-Run Single in Eighth Sends GW to First A-10 Championship Since 2006
May 17, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - Sophomore Xavier Parkmond hit a two-run single to break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the George Washington baseball team to a 3-1 victory over La Salle on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park. The win, combined with Friday losses by Saint Joseph's and Butler, clinches the Colonials' first Atlantic 10 Championship berth since 2006.
GW (24-30, 14-9) also clinched the series victory over La Salle for its fourth straight A-10 series victory and best conference record since winning 14 league games in 2010.
The Colonials took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by senior Tyler McCarthy. Junior Owen Beightol was hit by a pitch with two outs and stole second base before scoring on the single. With the base hit, McCarthy extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games.
Junior Aaron Weisberg got the start for the Colonials and held La Salle (24-26, 15-8 A-10) scoreless over the first four innings before yielding a run in the top of the fifth on an RBI single.
Weisberg ran into trouble in the top of the seventh when he surrendered a pair of hits to put two runners on base with one out. He was lifted for senior Kenny O'Brien, who got the final two outs via a strikeout and pop fly.
Weisberg earned a no decision after allowing one run on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
The Colonials threatened in the bottom of the seventh, putting the go-ahead run on second base with one out, but could not take advantage of the opportunity.
O'Brien pitched a perfect top half of the eighth before GW took the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning.
Freshman Nolan Lodden started the winning sequence by reaching on an error to lead off the eighth. After a sacrifice bunt, McCarthy singled to right to put runners on the corners with one out. Parkmond, who had entered the game as a pinch runner in the seventh, came to the plate and worked the count to 1-1 before driving a two-run single to the gap in left-center field to score two runs and put GW ahead 3-1.
Junior Craig LeJeune pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his eighth save of the season. O'Brien earned his fourth win of the season with 1.2 innings of shutout relief and one strikeout.
The Colonials return to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since the 2006 season. GW has won four A-10 titles (1979, 1989, 1992, 2002) in school history, the most of any current conference member and tied for the second-most in league history. The tournament will be held at Charlotte's Hayes Stadium, May 23-26.
The Colonials will go for the series sweep in Game 3 on Saturday's Armed Forces Day. Active duty or retired military with identification will get into the game for free while family of military will receive a a special ticket rate. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.