After a weekend that saw GW suffer a series sweep against St. Bonaventure, the Colonials returned to the field today to take down UMES 9-6.
It was a game marked by heavy hitting, with the two teams combining for 15 runs and 23 hits. GW took a 1-0 lead in the first, but UMES returned to tie it in the second. The Colonials remained unfazed, pulling ahead in the bottom of the second off an RBI from Jimmy Best. It was a sign of play to come from the senior, who finished the game with a home run, three hits and five RBIs.
The Hawks briefly hit their way to a 3-2 lead before GW exploded for a five-run third inning. Senior Stephen Oswald hit an RBI double to tie it, and sophomore Owen Beightol lined a single through the left side of the infield to join Oswald on base. Following a strikeout, Best took the plate to smash a home run, scoring himself, Beightol and Oswald. Freshman Grant Brown was next to head to the plate for GW and hit the first home run of his career to put up back-to-back homers for the Colonials.
UMES continued to score, pulling within two before Beightol hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to tack another tally to GW’s score. Best rounded out the Colonials’ scoring for the day with another RBI in the fifth, scoring junior Ryan Hickey, who had hit a triple earlier in the inning.
Junior pitcher J.T. Wauford pitched five innings on the win, allowing six runs, four earned, with two walks and three strikeouts. Junior Justin Albright shifted from second base to the mound to earn the save, allowing just two hits and one walk over four shutout innings.
The Colonials host Navy tomorrow afternoon, with the first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.