Baseball Rallies For 6-4 Win Over George Washington
April 18, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - Down to the team's last strike, redshirt junior Kyle Adie drove a game-tying RBI single through the left side, while seniors Nick Sanford and Nik Campero knocked in the go-ahead runs to lift UMass baseball to a 6-4 win over George Washington on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park. Following the victory, the Minutemen improve to 8-20 overall, 6-7 in Atlantic 10 play, while George Washington falls to 11-23 on the year and 4-9 in conference action.
UMass climbed on top in the second inning as sophomore Brandon Walsh legged out an infield single on a ball hit softly to third, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single up the left field line by freshman Mike Geannelis.
However, George Washington responded in its next trip to the plate. Owen Beightol roped a double into the gap in right center, advanced to third on a bunt single by Ryan Xepoleas and crossed the plate on a wild pitch with two away.
The Colonials then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Beightol led off with an infield single, while Matthieu Robert reached on catcher's interference and Cody Bryant was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kevin Mahala gave GW the 3-1 edge with a two-run single up the middle.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Colonials pushed their advantage to 4-1. Gabe Scott was hit by a pitch with one out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Xepoleas after moving to third on a pair of singles by Bobby Campbell and Beightol.
UMass pulled back to within one with two runs on four hits in the top of the eighth. Sophomore Vinny Scifo started things off with a single through the left side, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Nick Sanford, while three consecutive two-out singles by Campero, senior Dylan Begin and Walsh pushed across the pair.
Then in the top of the ninth, redshirt junior Adam Picard drove a leadoff single back up the middle, but following a popped up bunt and a groundout on a close play at first, the Minutemen found themselves down to their final out with the potential tying run at second base in pinch runner Dan Jonah. With a 2-2 count, Adie poked a single through the left side to plate Jonah and extend the game. After Adie stole second, Sanford brought him around with a single to left and Campero capped off the scoring with an RBI double that increased UMass' advantage to 6-4.
That was all the Minutemen needed as Walsh pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth, allowing one hit with one walk and one strikeout, to earn his first career save. Geannelis collected the win (2-2) in relief of starter Conor LeBlanc, retiring both batters he faced.
Colin Milon took the loss (1-3) for the Colonials out of the bullpen as he surrendered three runs on three hits with no walks and no strikeouts in one inning of work.
Five Minutemen contributed multiple hits as the squad pounded out 14 on the afternoon. Campero finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored, while Walsh was 3-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored and Geannelis hit 2-for-4 and drove in a run.
Beightol (3-for-4) and Xepoleas (2-for-3) combined for five of George Washington's 11 hits with Beightol scoring twice and Xepoleas logging an RBI.
UMass and GW will continue the series tomorrow, April 19, at 1:00 p.m. at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va.