George Washington Edges UMass Baseball, 1-0
March 24, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va. - Senior Jordan Pace threw a complete game and allowed just five hits, but UMass was edged by George Washington, 1-0 in Atlantic 10 baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park. Following the loss, the Minutemen are now 1-12 overall and 0-3 in A-10 play, while the Colonials move to 3-0 in the conference and 7-15 on the year.
After UMass had put runners in scoring position in two of the first three innings, George Washington broke through for the lone run of the afternoon in the top of the fourth. With one out, Owen Beightol dropped a single into left and came home on Eric Kalman's double to the gap in right center with two away.
The Minutemen had runners reach third in each of their next three turns at bat, including a leadoff double by junior Rob McLam in the fourth, but were unable to push any across.
Junior Nik Campero pinch hit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and reached on an error to extend the game. Freshman Vinny Scifo then followed with a walk to put the potential winning run on for UMass. However, Craig Lejeune induced a fly ball off the bat of redshirt junior Ryan Cusick to end the contest and pick up his third save of the season.
Lejeune threw 2.1 innings of no-hit relief with one walk and two strikeouts. Max Kaplow started for the Colonials and recorded the win (2-3) as he worked 6.2 innings and let up two hits with six walks and one strikeout.
Pace took the loss (1-2) for the Minutemen. He walked one and struck out four on the afternoon.
Tyler McCarthy was the lone player to register multiple hits on the day for either squad, leading GW with a 2-for-3 performance. In addition to McLam's double, redshirt sophomore Adam Picard had UMass' only other hit on the day, a one-out single in the sixth.
The Minutemen next travel to Worcester, Mass., on Tuesday, Mar. 26 for a 5 p.m. meeting with Holy Cross.