Three-Run Eighth Lifts GW Over UMass Baseball, 3-2
April 19, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - UMass baseball took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but George Washington managed three runs on five hits in the frame to edge the Minutemen, 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park. Following the loss, UMass sits at 8-21 on the season, 6-8 in Atlantic 10 play, while the Colonials improve to 12-23 overall and 5-9 in the conference.
After the teams had combined for 10 runners left on base through the first three innings, UMass broke up the scoreless deadlock in the top of the fourth. Junior Paul Yanakopulos lofted a one-out triple to center and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Vinny Scifo
The Minutemen then pushed their lead to 2-0 in the top of the eighth. Senior Nick Sanford began the frame with a single to right, moved to third on a single up the middle by senior Nik Campero and came in on a sacrifice fly by senior Dylan Begin.
However, the Colonials plated three runs on five hits in the bottom half of the inning to climb on top, 3-2. Kevin Mahala began the frame with a walk and, with one out, Joey Bartosic and Gabe Scott singled to load the bases for Bobby Campbell. Campbell then sent a two-run single back up the middle to tie the score at 2-2, while Ryan Xepoleas drove in Scott for the would-be winning run with a single through the left side.
Senior Aaron Plunkett took the loss (0-5) as he allowed three runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 7.1 innings on the mound. Jacob Williams earned the win (4-3) for GW. He worked eight innings and let up two runs on eight hits with two walks and one strikeout. Colin Milon pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit en route to the save (6).
Campero was the lone Minuteman to finish with multiple hits, going 4-for-4 in the contest with a double. Begin and Scifo both collected RBI. For the Colonials, Campbell batted 2-for-3 on the afternoon and drove in a pair of runs.
The teams will close out the weekend series tomorrow afternoon, April 20, with game three set to begin at 12 p.m.