Baseball Drops A-10 Opening Doubleheader To GW
March 22, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - The UMass baseball team fell in both of its games against George Washington on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park, the start of Atlantic 10 play for both squads. After dropping game one, 4-1 and game two, 7-1, the Minutemen are now 1-11 on the year, 0-2 in the A-10, while the Colonials improve to 6-15 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
George Washington began the opening contest with a 1-0 lead after Brookes Townsend reached with a one-out single to right center and came in to score on the squad's third hit of the inning, an RBI single through the left side by Eric Kalman.
The Colonials then expanded their advantage to 3-0 in the fourth. Matthieu Robért opened up the frame with a solo home run to center, while the next batter, Nolan Lodden, reached on an error and later crossed the plate on an RBI single by Justin Albright.
UMass stranded runners on third in three of the first four innings of the contest before getting on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth when senior Rich Graef plated freshman Vinny Scifo with a two-out single up the middle.
George Washington added its fourth and final run of the game in the top of the seventh as Townsend reached with a one-out single and later scored on an error.
Junior DJ Jauss took the loss (0-3) on the mound for the Minutemen after allowing four runs, two earned, on eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts over seven innings. Luke Staub collected the win (2-3) for the Colonials. He pitched seven innings and surrendered one run on five hits, walked none and fanned five. Craig Lejeune worked a scoreless eighth and the ninth, letting up one hit with one walk and two strikeouts to earn the save (2).
Sophomore Jeff Cavanaro had three of UMass' six hits in the contest, finishing 3-for-4 at the plate, while Townsend paced GW with a 2-for-5 effort and scored twice.
In game two, the Colonials broke up a scoreless deadlock with four runs on three hits in the top of the fourth, including a three-run double by Ryan Hickey.
George Washington then expanded its lead to 7-0 after capitalizing on an error by the Minutemen that extended the frame. Owen Beightol drove in two with a two-out single through the left side.
Junior Dylan Begin spoiled the shutout, providing UMass' lone run of the contest with a homer to left center with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
Sophomore Andrew Grant suffered the loss (0-3) on the hill for the Minutemen. He surrendered four runs, three earned, on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Aaron Weisberg tossed the complete game for the Colonials and allowed one run on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts to pick up the win (2-3).
Graef went 2-for-3 for UMass in game two, while Hickey paced GW with a 3-for-4 performance with three doubles, three RBI and a run scored.
The teams will close out the three-game series on Sunday, Mar. 24, at noon at Barcroft Park.