Baseball Knocks Off VCU in A-10 Championship Elimination Game

May 24, 2018

Box Score | A-10 Highlights

ARLINGTON, Va. - Sophomore Jaret Edwards nearly went the distance in a spectacular 131-pitch effort to lead the George Washington baseball team to a 4-1 victory over VCU in an Atlantic 10 Championship elimination game over VCU on Wednesday night at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park.

GW (30-25) advances to Thursday where it awaits the loser of No. 2 George Mason and No. 3 Fordham (10:00 a.m.) in another elimination game at 5:00 p.m. VCU's season came to an end after losses to Fordham and the Colonials in the double-elimination tournament.

The Colonials fell to George Mason, 11-3, earlier on Wednesday and turned to Edwards in the nightcap to extend their season. The Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team selection stepped up in a big way, limiting the Rams to just one earned run over 8.1 innings of work. The Rocky River, Ohio, native tossed 131 pitches, with 84 finding the strike zone. He scattered nine hits and walked two with five strikeouts while lowering his season ERA to 3.20.

GW got off to a quick start in the top of the first inning when junior Dominic D'Alessandro's two-run single put the Colonials on top, 2-0.

VCU cut into the lead when three consecutive two-out singles plated a run in the bottom of the third, but Edwards got a groundout to end the inning and strand two men on base.

 

 

GW's defense provided a trio of huge double plays to keep VCU at bay and the offense provided two huge insurance runs in the top half of the ninth. A bases-loaded, infield RBI single by senior Robbie Metz scored the first run and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Isaiah Pasteur, after being hit by a pitch, later scored on a wild pitch.

Edwards fanned the first batter of the bottom of the ninth before allowing a pair of one-out singles. GW turned to the bullpen and junior Will Kobos got the final two outs to nail down his seventh save of the season.

Metz finished with a pair of hits, one RBI, one run and a walk. D'Alessandro also finished with two hits in addition to his two RBI in the first inning.

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