Baseball Closes Regular Season at Home vs. Saint Joseph's
Colonials on cusp of returning to A-10 Championship for third time in four seasons
|George Washington (26-23, 10-8 A-10) vs. Saint Joseph's (19-24, 10-11 A-10)||Date||Thurs.-Sat., May 18-20 | Arlington, Va.|
|Gm. 1||Thursday, 3:00 p.m.
LHP Shane Sweeney (2-4, 5.97 ERA) vs. RHP Tim Brennan (3-4, 2.88 ERA)
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|Gm. 2||Friday, 12:30 p.m.
TBA vs. RHP Justin Aungst (1-3, 5.32 ERA)
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|Gm. 3||Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
TBA vs. TBA
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LEADING OFF: The George Washington baseball team will close its regular-season schedule by hosting Atlantic 10 rival Saint Joseph's in a three-game series at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park.
AT STAKE: Both GW and Saint Joseph's are still alive in the hunt for an Atlantic 10 Championship berth. Many teams in actions across the conference are fighting for their playoff lives, hoping to be one of the top seven teams in the standings after Saturday's games to advance.
The Colonials enter the weekend in fourth place in the A-10 with a 13-8 conference mark. Saint Joseph's sits in eighth place at 10-11.
STREAKING: GW's six-game winning streak, its longest of the season, has come at the perfect time in the final weeks of the regular season.
The Colonials are coming off back-to-back road conference sweeps at George Mason and Davidson. GW has also won its last three conference series overall to put itself in a good position to clinch a postseason berth this weekend.
ARMS RACE: A big part of GW's recent success has been the pitching staff. In the team's last eight conference games the staff has allowed just 16 runs over 72.2 innings for an ERA of 1.98.
The staff has also limited free passes and boasts a 55-to-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
NOBODY BETTER: GW's offense (.289 avg.), defense (.983 FLD%, 55 DP) and baserunning (77 SB, 1.48/gm) continue to lead the Atlantic 10 in the team rankings.
Senior Bobby Campbell sits atop the conference with 72 hits while ranking second with .360 batting average.
Classmate Joey Bartosic ranks first in the A-10 in stolen bases (24), stolen bases per game (0.46) and sacrifice flies (6).
SENIOR SALUTE: GW's 14 seniors have already become graduates after Tuesday's Special Commencement Ceremony.
The group will again be honored prior to the game on Saturday for Senior Day. Festivities will begin at approximately 12:35 p.m.
SCOUTING SAINT JOSEPH'S: The Hawks swept Dayton last weekend to keep their postseason hopes alive. The team is 19-24 overall with a record of 5-14 in road games.
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