GW Baseball Rallies to Stun Rhode Island, 5-4, in A-10 Championship
Colonials Advance to Face No. 1 Seed Saint Louis at 3:30 p.m. Friday
May 24, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The No. 5-seed George Washington baseball team rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn a 5-4 walk-off victory over No. 3 Rhode Island in an elimination game at the Atlantic 10 Championship at Hayes Stadium on Friday morning.
GW (26-31) advances to play No. 1-seed Saint Louis at 3:30 p.m.
The game, which was suspended on Friday evening due to inclement weather, resumed in the bottom of the fifth inning with the score tied 1-1. GW had a runner at third base with one out but Rhode Island's Ty Sterner ended the threat with a ground out and strikeout.
Rhode Island (35-23) took a 2-1 lead in the top half of the sixth with two outs when Pat Fortunato lined an RBI double down the left field line.
The Colonials responded in the bottom of the seventh inning. After freshman Eric Kalman led off with a walk, senior Derek Brown came to the plate with two outs and hit the first pitch he saw to deep right field and over the wall for a two-run home run to put the Colonials ahead, 3-2.
Junior Craig LeJeune worked a perfect eighth inning but ran into trouble in the ninth, ultimately yielding the tying run on an RBI single by pinch hitter Chris Famiglietti. Freshman Luke Olson came on in relief and surrendered the go-ahead run but limited the damage to give the Colonials a chance in the bottom of the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, senior Matthew Murakami reached on a throwing error and stole second base. After a walk to Brown, freshman Nolan Lodden came to the plate as a pinch hitter and poked a hit on the first pitch through the left side of the infield to load the bases. Senior Justin Albright then drew an RBI walk to tie the score at 4-4.
Freshman Xavier Parkmond then came to the plate and legged out an infield single with the bases loaded, scoring pinch runner Jacob Williams and sending the Colonials to a 5-4 victory.
GW will face No. 1 seed Saint Louis at 3:30 p.m. today in an elimination game.