GW Baseball Ends Season With 13-4 Loss to Saint Louis at A-10 Championship
Colonials Go From 0-9 Start to Final Four in A-10 Championship in Ritchie's First Season
May 24, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The No. 5-seeded George Washington baseball team ended its improbable season on Friday afternoon with a 13-4 loss to No. 1 seed Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 Championship.
GW, predicted to finish 15th in the league in the A-10 Preseason Poll, rebounded from an 0-9 start to clinch its first Atlantic 10 Championship bid since 2006 and advanced to be one of the final four teams in the tournament along with Saint Louis, No. 2 Charlotte and No. 4 Xavier.
GW also posted the most conference wins (15) since 2005, a nine-win improvement from last season.
Saint Louis (38-19) batted around in the bottom of the first inning and plated seven runs. The runs scored courtesy of an RBI single by Alex Kelly, an RBI double by Grant Nelson, a two-run double by Mike Levine and a two-run single by Alec Sole. The Billikens chased GW starting pitcher Justin Albright from the game and junior Luke Staub got the final two outs to end the inning.
The Billikens responded with a pair of runs in the second to run the lead to 9-1 and added two more in the third to push the lead to 11-1.
Senior Owen Beightol provided a sacrifice fly in the fourth to make the score 11-2.
Saint Louis concluded its scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to extend its lead to 13-2.
GW added a pair of runs in the ninth inning when Albright singled and drove in a run on a base hit. A second run scored on an error in centerfield.
Nick Bates earned the win in a complete-game effort. He allowed two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Kalman led the GW offense with four hits at the plate.