GW Baseball Clinches Sweep, No. 5 Seed in A-10 Championship With 4-1 Win Over La Salle
Albright Earns Win With Seven Strong Innings on Senior Day; Colonials Face Xavier on Wednesday
May 18, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - The George Washington baseball team earned the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship when it concluded its regular season with a 4-1 victory over La Salle on Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
With the victory, GW (25-30, 15-9 A-10) clinches the series sweep over La Salle (24-27, 15-9 A-10) and matches its best conference performance since winning 17 games in 2005. Additionally, the Colonials' 25 regular season wins are their most since the 2010 season.
The victory also allowed the Colonials to pass the Explorers in the final standings, earning the No. 5 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship. GW will play Xavier in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., at Charlotte's Hayes Stadium. The winner of the game will advance to play No. 1 seed Saint Louis on Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Senior Justin Albright got the start on the mound for Senior Day and kept La Salle quiet with seven strong innings of work. He allowed just one earned run on four hits with two walks and a strikeout. At the plate, Albright collected one hit, two walks and stole three bases to bring his final regular-season tally to 28, the most by a Colonial since Mickey Shupin (33) in 2007.
Albright found himself in a two-on, no-out jam in the second inning, but retired the side with two ground outs and a strikeout.
After a scoreless opening two innings, GW's offense awoke in the bottom of the third. Senior Matthew Murakami led off with a double to deep right field and scored on a single through the right side of the infield by freshman Matthieu Robert. Later in the inning, junior Owen Beightol provided a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 2-0.
Albright pitched his way into a jam in the fourth, loading the bases with a pair of hits and a base on balls, but he worked his way out of the situation after yielding an RBI single, which pulled La Salle within one run of the lead at 2-1.
In the fourth inning, Murakami reached base on a fielder's choice and stole second. Robert followed once again with an RBI single, this time through the left side of the infield, plating Murakami and extending the lead to 3-1.
Senior Kenny O'Brien entered in relief to start the eighth inning and allowed a one-out single, but stranded the runner with consecutive pop outs.
Murakami added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. The sacrifice drove in senior Tyler McCarthy who had led off the inning with a double.
Junior Craig LeJeune allowed a two-out double in the ninth inning, but shut the door for his 10th save of the season.
Prior to the game the Colonials honored the careers of Albright, Derek Brown, Brian Derner, Kyle Gelling, Jeff Griffith, Robbie Haben, Ryan Hickey, McCarthy, Murakami, O'Brien and J.T. Wauford as part of the annual Senior Day ceremony.