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Inside the Numbers - A Look at the 2013 GW Baseball Season

Brookes Townsend is one of a handful of players to have a career year under first-year head coach Gregg Ritchie in 2013.
Brookes Townsend is one of a handful of players to have a career year under first-year head coach Gregg Ritchie in 2013.

June 19, 2013

On the surface, the accomplishments of the 2013 George Washington baseball team are clear. After being picked to finish 15th in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll, the Colonials, under the direction of first-year head coach Gregg Ritchie and his staff, responded by winning 15 league games and finishing fifth overall in the regular-season standings.

The Colonials won nine of their last 10 conference games to earn the No. 5 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship, returning to the postseason for the first time since 2006. At the tournament, the team upset No. 3 seed Rhode Island before falling to No. 1 seed and eventual champion Saint Louis in the bracket's final four.

Overall, the season was truly a success. However, a closer look at the statistics illustrates just how impressive the 2013 campaign was.

2013 George Washington Baseball Accomplishments

- Won 15 A-10 games - a nine-game improvement from last season

- Won nine of last 10 conference games to earn the No. 5 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship

- Made first Atlantic 10 Championship tournament appearance and and earned first victory at the Championship since 2006

- Fourth team in A-10 history (since 1979) to make conference tournament without a first or second-team All-Conference selection

- Finished 2nd in the A-10 and 17th in Division I with 108 stolen bases, 61 more than last season and the most by a Colonials' squad since 2005

- GW's 238 regular season strikeouts against ranked 3rd fewest overall in Division I and 1st overall in Atlantic 10, while the Colonials' 4.1 strikeouts/game against ranked 1st in Division I

Atlantic 10 Ranks (Conference Games Only)

Category 2013 2012 +/- %
Atlantic 10 Record 15-9 6-18 --
Team Batting 7th - .274 13th - .222 +23%
Team Pitching 5th - 3.13 ERA 12th - 4.51 -30%
Team Fielding 6th - .968 11th - .963 +0.5
Stolen Bases 1st - 55 7th - 21 +162%
Runs 9th - 104 13th - 70 +48%
Hits 10th - 215 13th - 174 +23%
Strikeouts Against 1st - 106 13th - 183 -42.7%
Walks 11th - 67 7th- 76 -12%



National Rankings (Team, out of 296)
17th in Stolen Bases                         
20th in Stolen Bases per game
161st in strikeout-to-walk-ratio
114th in walks allowed per nine innings
3rd in strikeouts against
1st in strikeouts per game 

National Rankings, Individual
Justin Albright - 19th in Stolen Bases & 26th Stolen Bases per game
Craig LeJeune - 49th in saves
Tyler McCarthy - 61st in sacrifice flies 

Pitching Staff Accomplishments
2nd fewest hits in conference games
3rd fewest runs in conference games
Staff led A-10 in shutouts (5), including three by a 1-0 score
GW Pitching Staff A-10 ERA of 3.13 ranked fifth in the league (1.44 runs lower than 2012)
Lowest number of walks since 2003
Lowest staff ERA since 2004
153 less walks/hit batters/wild pitches compared with 2012; a 37% reduction

Hitting Accomplishments
Returning players increased batting average by an average of 23%
K-to-BB ratio: 1.55-to-1 (238 strikeouts, 154 walks); best ratio since 2001
26 more total runs vs. 2012, 11.3% increase
129% increase in stolen bases (47 in 2012 -> 108 in 2013)
Individual Accomplishments

Justin Albright
- entered season as a career .232 hitter and batted .300 in 2013
- set career-highs in runs, hits, doubles, RBIs, total bases, slugging %, walks and stolen bases
- had never had more than 31 hits in a season before tallying 63 as a senior

Tyler McCarthy
- entered season a career .242 hitter and batted batted .279 this year
- set career-highs in runs, hits, RBIs, total bases and stolen bases
Matthew Murakami
- improved batting average, runs, hits, doubles, RBIs and slugging %

Xavier Parkmond
- improved batting average by .030 points from freshman to sophomore season
- set career-highs in runs, hits, triples, home runs, RBIs, total bases, walks and steals

Brookes Townsend
- entered season as career .151 hitter and batted .261
- improved batting average from sophomore to junior season by .107
- established new career-highs in runs, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs, total bases, walks, slugging % and on-base %

Craig LeJeune
- 2nd most saves (10) among all relievers in Atlantic 10
- 2nd most appearances among all pitchers in Atlantic 10
- entered season with career ERA of 7.15, and this season went 3-2, with a 3.41 ERA, 10 Saves, and 31 K against just 8 BB

Kenny O'Brien
- 3-0 record, 2.19 ERA in 11 conference appearances

Aaron Weisberg
- 2-7, 3.56 ERA, 50 K, 42 BB as a sophomore; this season tallied a 6-4, 3.32 ERA, 53 K, 22 BB pitching line
- Tied for 2nd in complete games in the Atlantic 10

Atlantic 10 Player of the Week
Justin Albright - April 22 - .667 (12-of-18), five doubles, four runs, four RBIs, 5-for-6 SB, .944 SLG, 0 K
Justin Albright - May 6 - .476 (10-of-21), two doubles, two RBIs, two walks, 3-for-4 SB, .577 OBP

Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week
Eric Kalman - May 6 - .550 (11-of-20), two doubles, one HR, nine RBIs, three steals
Matthieu Robért - May 20 - .455, one triple, three RBIs

Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year
Gregg Ritchie - 3rd coach in GW history to win award (John Castleberry 1989, Tom Walter 1998)
First GW coach to win it in first season

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