GW Baseball Drops Game Two, 6-3, at UMass
May 18, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Stephen Oswald finished with three hits, including his second home run in as many days, but the George Washington baseball team was unable to hold off Massachusetts, falling 6-3 on Friday afternoon at Earl Lorden Field.
UMass (21-20, 13-10 A-10) took a short-lived 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a RBI single by Rich Graef before Oswald put the Colonials ahead in the top half of the third.
Senior Ryan Thomas led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a passed ball with two outs. After classmate Ollie Mittag reached on an error, Oswald came to the plate and homered for the second game in a row, this time a towering blast off a 1-0 pitch that landed over the right field wall. The home run was Oswald's fifth of the season and 16th of his career.
The Minutemen tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and regained the lead with a run in the fifth on bunt RBI single by Rob McLam. Massachusetts added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to clinch the 6-3 victory.
Joe Popielarczyk earned the win by allowing three unearned runs on eight hits in seven innings of work. He fanned eight GW batters on the day. Junior Justin Albright was tagged with his first loss of the season after surrendering four runs (three earned) on eight hits in six innings of work. He walked one and struck out one batter.
Oswald finished 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, while junior Derek Brown was 2-for-4 on the afternoon.
The Colonials will conclude their 2012 season on Saturday at 12 p.m. Sophomore Aaron Weisberg will get the start for GW (20-34, 6-17 A-10), while UMass' starter has yet to be announced.