GW Baseball Pulls Even With 5-4 Win Over Temple
May 20, 2011
ARLINGTON, VA- Senior Tommy Gately struck out a career-high 12 batters while allowing three runs in eight innings of work to lead the George Washington baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Temple in game two on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
GW (18-36, 8-15 A-10) fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning after Temple (24-28, 4-19 A-10) used a fielding error and consecutive singles to load the bases with one out. Following a strikeout, Gately hit the Owls' Daniel Dragos on the arm to bring home the runner from third base to give Temple a 1-0 lead. Elijah Yardborough connected on a solo home run in the second inning to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Colonials pulled even in the bottom of the second using a two-run home run from sophomore Tyler McCarthy. Junior Stephen Oswald started the sequence with a walk and McCarthy followed by driving a 0-1 pitch over the left-center field wall for his second home run of the year.
GW's bats continued to produce in the bottom of the third inning. After an Oswald single, McCarthy drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Sophomore Kyle Gelling then roped a RBI double down the right field line to give the Colonials a 4-2 lead. GW successfully chased Owls starter Brant Norlander from the game, turning the ball over to the Temple bullpen.
Gately dominated the rest of the way for the Colonials until allowing a run in the eighth inning. The crafty pitching by the Reston, VA native resulted in a total of 13 Owls being left on base. Gately escaped a jam in the fifth by recording consecutive strikeouts with runners on first and third.
In the top of the eighth inning the Owls cut the deficit to 5-3 with a sacrifice fly by Yardborough. Temple continued to threaten as the next batter doubled to center field to put runners on second and third with two outs. But Gately was able to get Adrian Perez to sharply lineout to third base to end the inning.
Senior Joe Richardson notched his third save of the season after dancing around trouble in the top of the ninth inning. He yielded a lead-off home run to Steve Nikorak to cut the Colonial lead to 5-4. Richardson got the next batter to strike out but Will Remillard followed with a single, advancing to second on a fielding error by third basemen Paul Pakan. Pakan would redeem himself following a walk to Daniel Dragos. Jabair Kahn grounded a ball to Justin Albright at shortstop, who quickly flipped the ball to Pakan covering for the force out at third base. Richardson then struck out the final batter of the game to card the save.
George Washington will conclude the 2011 season with Temple on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm. LHP Bobby Lucas will take the ball against Temple's Matt Hockenberry.
The 2011 senior class, consisting of Gately, Richardson, Brendon Kelliher, Joe Motto and Chris Keiper, will be honored for their hard work and dedication both on the field and in the classroom prior to the game.