George Washington Nips UMass Baseball, 5-4 In Series Finale
April 20, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. - UMass baseball took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but four walks and two hits helped George Washington past the Minutemen, 5-4 in Sunday's series finale at Barcroft Park. Following the setback, UMass falls to 8-22 overall, 6-9 in the Atlantic 10, while the Colonials improve to 13-23 overall and 6-9 in conference action.
George Washington plated the first runs of the day with two down in the bottom of the second. With Bobby Campbell on via a hit by pitch, Ryan Xepoleas launched a two-run home run off the scoreboard in right center.
UMass responded by tying the score in its next turn at bat. Seniors Nick Sanford and Nik Campero opened up the frame with a pair of singles. After senior Dylan Begin advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, a groundout by sophomore Brandon Walsh and a single by Adam Picard brought in the runs.
The Minutemen then pulled in front with a run in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Vinny Scifo led off with an infield single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and came home on a double to right center by Sanford.
In the sixth, UMass increased its lead to 4-2. Walsh singled up the middle and Picard singled to left to begin the inning. With one out, junior Paul Yanakopulos drove in Walsh with a single up the middle.
However, The Colonials rallied for three runs with four walks and a pair of a singles to walk off with the victory in the bottom of the ninth. Gabe Scott drew a bases loaded walk that forced in Andrew Selby for GW's first of the frame. Campbell then singled to left to send home Eli Kashi and an infield single with the bases loaded allowed Colin Gibbons-Fly to score the winning run.
Walsh took the loss (2-3) for UMass as he worked 2.1 innings of relief and allowed three runs on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Eddie Muhl tossed 3.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen for George Washington and collected the win (2-0), letting up two hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Nine of 10 Minutemen who made an appearance at the plate had at least one hit on the afternoon as the squad combined for 13 in the contest. Sanford led the way with a 3-for-4 day with a double and RBI and a run scored. Walsh and Picard both hit 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Walsh scored once, as well.
For the Colonials, Campbell (2-for-4) and Xepoleas (2-for-3) had four of the team's seven hits and each scored once. Campbell drove in a run, as well, while Xepoleas logged two RBI.
UMass returns to action tomorrow, April 21, as the squad will face Harvard for the 2014 Beanpot Championship at Northeastern's Parsons Field. Game time will be approximately 45 minutes following the conclusion of the Boston College vs. Northeastern consolation game, which will begin at 11:30 a.m.