Baseball Rallies Past SLU to Clinch Postseason Berth
Kobos brilliant in relief as Colonials outlast Billikens in 13 innings to clinch spot in A-10 Championship
SAINT LOUIS - Needing a win on the final day of the regular season to clinch a berth in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship, the George Washington baseball team rallied from a two-run deficit to tie the score before prevailing, 5-4, over Saint Louis in 13 innings on Sunday afternoon at the Billiken Sports Complex.
Junior Will Kobos was transcendent in relief, posting an absurd eight shutout innings out of the bullpen to ensure the Colonials' season continues. The righty from Charlotte, N.C., allowed just two hits in the outing with seven strikeouts. He issued six walks on the day (two intentional). However, in the end, the free passes did not matter as GW rallied to secure the win.
With the win, the Colonials clinch their fourth straight postseason appearance and will enter next week's Atlantic 10 Championship as the No. 7 seed. GW is slated to take on No. 2 seed George Mason on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park. Saint Louis earned the regular-season title and the No. 1 seed, while No. 3 Fordham, No. 4 Richmond, No. 5 Davidson and No. 6 VCU round out the field.
GW got on the board first in the top of the second inning thanks to RBIs from Matt Cosentino and Steven Barmakian, but the Billikens responded immediately in the bottom half of the inning to knot the score at 2-2 thanks to a two-run home run. Another two-run homer in the bottom of the third put Saint Louis on top, 4-2.
Dominic D'Alessandro erased the deficit when he went deep for the second time in the series in the top half of the sixth. Sophomore Nate Fassnacht led off the frame with a base hit through the left side of the infield. D'Alessando was up next and blasted the first pitch he saw over the wall in left field to tie the score at 4-4. It was his second round tripper of the series and seventh of the season.
Kobos entered in relief with one man on and no outs in the sixth and retired the side. He worked out of a number of jams throughout the outing, stranding a total of 10 runners on base over his eight innings of work. He left the bases loaded in the 12th inning and left the potential tying and winning runs aboard in the bottom of the 13th inning.
GW plated the winning run in the top half of the 13th. Mark Osis singled with one out, moved to third on a base hit by Fassnacht and then scored on a fielder's choice RBI by D'Alessandro.
GW fell, 12-1, in six innings in the shortened nightcap of the doubleheader. The Colonials wrap the regular season at 29-24 and 13-11 in the Atlantic 10.
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