Baseball's Run at A-10 Championship Ends in Consolation Finals

May 26, 2018

GW 5, Richmond 4 | George Mason, GW 4

ARLINGTON, Va. - After captivating the fans in attendance at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park over the past three days, the George Washington baseball team's dramatic march through the Atlantic 10 Championship came to an end on Friday night in an 9-4 loss to No. 2 seed George Mason in the consolation finals.

GW (32-26) concludes the 2018 season with 32 wins, the second straight year the team has crossed the 30-win threshold. The win total is also tied for the ninth most wins in a single season in program history.

The Colonials were one of the final four teams remaining in the seven-team field and fought all the way to the consolation final with a string of memorable victories. GW is the first No. 7 seed in conference history to ever reach the third day of the Atlantic 10 Championship.

GW eliminated higher-seeded opponents in three consecutive games, including a come-from-behind, 5-4 win over Richmond in the first game on Friday afternoon.

Facing a 4-2 deficit late in the bottom of the seventh, the Colonials flipped the switch to set the stage for another memorable victory. Freshman Trevor Kuncl hit a one-out single ahead of a walk to senior Brandon Chapman. A-10 Player of the Year Isaiah Pasteur then came to the plate and blasted his 11th home run of the season, a three-run shot to left center, to put GW on top, 5-4.

Sophomore Jaret Edwards, who spun 8.1 innings of one-run ball in Wednesday's win over VCU, earned his first collegiate save by throwing the final 1.1 innings of relief. Junior Will Kobos earned the win with seven solid innings in which he allowed three runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Junior Dominic D'Alessandro also homered in the win over Richmond, his second long ball of the tournament, in the bottom of the sixth to bring the Colonials within one run of the lead at 3-2.

 

 

GW fell in the nightcap against George Mason. Freshman Colin Brophy provided GW's runs with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, but the Colonials were unable to extend their season. The Patriots grabbed a two-run lead in the top of the first and added a four-run fourth to build a lead they would not relinquish.

The 2018 senior class had the distinction of playing in four consecutive postseasons, punctuated by the deepest run in recent memory. In total, GW's seniors accounted for 119 victories, 52 wins in A-10 conference play and seven postseason triumphs.

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