GW Baseball Rallies for 7-5 Win in Season Finale
Colonials Erase 5-2 Deficit to Earn Series Win
May 17, 2014
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - The George Washington baseball team faced a three-run deficit but rallied by scoring five runs over the final three innings to earn a 7-5 victory over St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon to clinch a series victory in the regular-season finale at Fred Handler Park.
GW (20-30, 12-15 A-10) scored its seven runs on 14 hits and had five players record multiple hits at the plate. Junior Ryan Xepoleas (3-for-4, two runs, one RBI) and senior Colin Milon (3-for-5, one run, one RBI) led the way with three hits apiece. Milon was making his first career start at designated hitter.
Sophomore Matthieu Robert's RBI single gave the Colonials a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning before St. Bonaventure (12-30, 6-17 A-10) responded with a trio of runs in the bottom half and a single run in the fourth to take a 4-1 advantage.
GW cut the deficit to two with a run in the top of the sixth inning when freshman Andrew Selby led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout before scoring on an RBI bunt single by Xepoleas.
The Bonnies push the lead back to three with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but GW responded in the top of the seventh, using a sacrifice fly from Selby to make the score 5-3.
Trailing by two entering the eighth inning, the Colonials scored four runs over the final two frames to rally for the 7-5 victory.
In the eighth, senior Owen Beightol and Xepoleas led off with consecutive base hits and advanced to second and third on a passed ball. Freshman Kevin Mahala drove in Beightol on an RBI groundout and Robert followed with another RBI single to tie the game at 5-5 entering the ninth.
Beightol hit a one-out single in the ninth to start the game-winning sequence. Xepoleas followed with a walk, and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners with two outs.
Milon followed with an RBI single to put GW ahead 6-5, and another passed ball later in the inning allowed an insurance run to cross the plate and gave the Colonials a 7-5 lead.
Freshman Eddie Muhl, who had entered the game in relief in the bottom of the sixth, worked a scoreless ninth inning for his third career victory. Muhl allowed just two hits over 3.1 innings of work and registered three strikeouts.
Beightol concludes his career with top-five rankings in games played and at-bats and among the top ten in career rankings in hits.