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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ellee Watson.

The Colonials offense proved to be aggressive, but unfortunately not deep enough against the Towson Tigers Wednesday.

Senior Owen Beightol hits in GW's win over George Mason earlier this season. The senior led the Colonials with three hits against Towson Wednesday. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Senior Owen Beightol hits in GW’s win over George Mason earlier this season. The senior led the Colonials with three hits against Towson Wednesday. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

GW outhit the Tigers 12-10, but couldn’t get the big hit when it needed, leaving a total of nine runners on base and allowing Towson to grab the win, 5-3.

Towson got on the board first in the top of the second inning, with two runs off three hits.The Colonials quickly answered in the bottom half of the frame to take the lead 3-2. Senior Owen Beightol hit a double, and freshman Colin Gibbons-Fly singled to left field for an RBI. Sophomore Matthieu Robèrt followed with hit-by-pitch and later scored on a sacrifice fly from freshman Kevin Mahala. Fellow freshman Eli Kashi gave GW the early lead with a single up the middle that scored Gibbons-Fly for the final run of the inning.

The Colonials could not capitalize on their offense, though, over the next three innings and were left with their slim one-run advantage. They left two runners on base at the end of the third, fourth and seventh innings.

The Tigers, on the other hand, secured the win with some timely hitting: a solo home run from Brady Policelli in the top of the fourth inning and an RBI single from Pat Fitzgerald earned them back the lead.

Freshman righty Jordan Sheinkop started his first collegiate game for GW, staying in until the top of the sixth inning with a pitch count of 78. He allowed four earned runs off of six hits.

Senior Luke Staub stepped up to the mound to keep his team within scoring distance, and did, giving up four hits, but no runs in relief. GW couldn’t push any late runs across, though, and the score held at 5-3.

Freshman lead-off hitter Joey Bartosic and senior Owen Beightol led the Colonials’ offense with three hits each. Mahala, Kashi and Gibbons-Fly each had an RBI on the day.

Last season, the Colonials finished 17th in stolen bases in Division I baseball. They have continued to try and overcome their lack of power with speed this season, going 35-55 on stolen base attempts. In crucial moments down the stretch Wednesday, though, the aggressiveness didn’t pay off, with Beightol getting caught stealing in the seventh inning and Freshman Bobby Campbell getting caught in the ninth.

The Colonials travel to Philadelphia, Pa. this weekend for a three-game Atlantic 10 series against La Salle.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ellee Watson.

The Colonials got caught sleeping early Tuesday, but quickly woke up from their slumber to erupt for a 10-4 victory over Coppin State.

The Colonials celebrate on the field after their win against George Mason last Friday. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

GW entered the game coming off a two-game losing streak to George Mason. That losing energy didn’t carry over against the Eagles, though, as the Colonials slowly built their lead until the Eagles were left fluttering behind.

On the game’s first pitch, freshman second baseman Eli Kashi committed an error to let Coppin State on base. Two batters later, a RBI single up the middle quickly put GW behind, 1-0. A wild pitch and an extra base on a botched bunt rotation gave the Eagles two more base runners, but the Colonials escaped with just the one earned run.

Entering the game, the GW baseball program had never lost to Coppin State, holding a 29-0 series advantage. But despite their historical dominance, head coach Gregg Ritchie believed the Eagles had a legitimate shot – especially after the first inning.

“Every team can beat you if you give them the opportunity,” Ritchie said, “and we gave them an opportunity. They had an opportunity to get us. They, unfortunately for them, didn’t do it. Fortunately for us, we held on.”

His team responded to its first inning blunders with three runs over the next two innings. By the bottom of the fifth, the Colonials were leading 4-2, and decided to break things open. Responsible for the eruption was the heart of GW’s batting order: freshman Bobby Campbell, senior Owen Beightol, and junior Ryan Xepoleas.

Campbell took the plate with one out and drew a walk from Coppin State pitcher Jhar Delvime. Beightol was next and roped a triple to bring Campbell in, making the score 5-2. Xepoleas followed with a double to bring Beightol in for a 6-2 lead.

The three, four and five slots in the Colonials’ line-up brought the score to its final 10-4 tally with an RBI from Campbell, another hit from Beightol and another RBI from Xepoleas.

Campbell finished the game with one run and RBI and Beightol with two runs, two hits and two RBIs. Xepoleas added three hits, one run, and three RBIs.

Sophomore Matthieu Robèrt could not practice all weekend with a stomach virus, but Ritchie decided to keep him in the lineup as the designated hitter. Robèrt rose to the occasion, going 4-4 and leading the offense with two runs, four hits, and four RBIs.

Earning his first collegiate victory was freshman starting pitcher Brandon Ritchie. He had trouble out of the gates, throwing three wild pitches, but his final line was more than deserving of the win: six innings pitched, three earned runs and four strikeouts on 98 pitches.

Freshman Eddie Muhl came in for the three-inning save, but also had trouble to start, “throwing ball one, ball two”, Ritchie said. “He was in trouble every inning except that last one.”

The Colonials face Towson at Barcroft Park Wednesday before heading to Philadelphia for an Atlantic 10 series against La Salle.

“We got to come out [against Towson] with some energy and a better attitude and effort to get going right in the first inning,” Ritchie said. “We have a chance to create a legitimate streak because one is not, two is. It would be nice to get that win and take us into that weekend A-10 series. That’s the key. Take the win into the A-10 series, and see if we can get a sweep.”

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This report was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, junior Ryan Xepoloas roped a shot out to right center that hit off the top of the fence. He and one other Colonial would score – the first GW runs after 14 straight from George Mason over the course of the past two games.

In the fourth, the Patriots first baseman hit one toward that same spot in right center. This one went over the fence for a solo home run, leading to a three-run fourth inning.

A young GW team could not come back against a veteran-heavy George Mason team and lost 10-3, dropping the rubber match of the Atlantic 10 series.

Senior Aaron Weisberg delivers a pitch in Friday's series opener against George Mason. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Senior Aaron Weisberg delivers a pitch in Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photographer

“It’s like the ugly head spins around and here comes Voldemort,” head coach Gregg Ritchie said. “We got [professor Quirrell’s purple turban] on and we play good and guys execute the right things. And all of a sudden, they forgot to put the turban back on – that’s the focus hat, the focus turban – and they expose Voldemort. He comes out the other side and just freaks out.”

The Patriots scored their first two runs in the third inning Sunday – the first on a string of hits and a stolen base, the second on a throwing error by freshman third baseman Bobby Campbell as he tried to turn a double play while looking a runner back. Instead, the rushed throw to second went wide and into the outfield.

Campbell came to the plate for redemption with runners on second and third and two outs, but he rolled over to the third baseman on a 2-2 fastball to end the inning.

The Patriots came back over the next two innings to tack on five more runs, putting GW in a tough seven-run hole.

“They haven’t been able to figure out how to put on the brake, put a foot down and kind of Flintstone it,” Ritchie said. “You got to put your foot down through that floorboard and say, ‘No, stop.’ And then when it’s ready you got to wear those feet out and pedal. They’re just young guys that are still going through an absolute evolution of their mentality at playing at this level.”

Sophomore Bobby LeWarne exited after four innings of work, giving up five runs – four earned – on six hits, two walks and three hit batsmen.

“He didn’t command,” Ritchie said. “The stuff was the same stuff. He fell behind a lot and then when he had to throw his changeup in a behind the count situation, he had to elevate it.”

Series Recap:

George Mason rolled into the series with a 4-1 conference record to GW’s 1-5 record. The A-10 newcomer was off to a strong start, but faced Colonial senior Aaron Weisberg in search of his first win of the season.

Thanks to seven innings and one run allowed by the big righty, GW won the first game 4-3. Mason jumped out to an early lead, getting their lone run against Weisberg in the first off three consecutive base hits. Freshman Collin Milon came in for relief in the ninth and ran into trouble, allowing two runs, but senior Luke Staub closed out the final two outs.

Freshman Collin Gibbons-Fly got the Colonials on the scoreboard with an RBI triple in the second inning. He then singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh, while GW tagged on an additional two runs in the eighth.

Saturday, GW put themselves in a comfortable spot thanks to three early runs in the second inning, but the Colonials would not score again, losing 7-3. In the fourth inning, George Mason scored four runs on four hits, including a two-run RBI triple off freshman Jacob Williams, who dropped to 2-3 on the season.

GW will remain home to play Coppin State Tuesday and Towson Wednesday, before travelling to Philadelphia for a weekend A-10 series against La Salle.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 12:56 a.m.

No. 1 Virginia shuts out Colonials

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

Up against Virginia – the No. 1 team in the nation – and playing their second game in as many days, the odds were stacked against the baseball team Wednesday.

They came in, perhaps, as even bigger underdogs than if the men’s basketball team had advanced to face the Cavaliers in the NCAA Tournament.

Despite Virginia having played back-to-back games as well, they showed no signs of fatigue, overpowering GW and winning the afternoon game, 10-0.

“They all felt that we can play with people. It’s just a matter of putting the pieces together,” head coach Gregg Ritchie said. “You come out saying, ‘There are 12 of 18 losses that are one or two run ball games that if we learn how not to make those mistakes, we’ll end up with 10 wins.’ You can’t win all of the one run games, but there’s are a lot more wins out there if you just play cleaner baseball.”

The Cavaliers offense was kept in relative check by the Colonials pitching staff, until they scrapped across four final runs in the bottom of the eighth on three hits, one error and a hit batsman.

Until that point, freshman Jordan Sheinkop had been moving along smoothly, after entering in the third inning to replace sophomore Luke Olson, who gave up four runs in the second inning.

Sheinkop gave up one run on four hits in his five innings of relief before the eighth. Ritchie said his reliever started to leave the ball up in the zone, and the confident Cavalier hitter took advantage.

“When you watch Sheinkop go out and there and get ground balls and pitch really solid, the next guy should be able to see that and go, ‘You know what, I’m going to throw the ball over the plate,’” Ritchie said.

Freshman Andrew Piccin came on and allowed three runs to come cross, first by throwing the ball away on a pickoff play. He then intentionally walked a batter to load the bases for a force play, but instead of an out, gave up an RBI single. Piccin went on to allow one more run – his only earned run – while Sheinkop finished with a line of four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings.

GW recorded six hits on the afternoon, but the offense came too late as two of the six hits came in the ninth. The Colonials also left six men on base, including runners on first and third in the final frame.

In the third, freshman shortstop Eli Kashi reached base on a bunt up the left side. He advanced to second on a ball and moved to third on a ground out, but freshman Andrew Selby struck out swinging to end the threat. The same happened for Selby in the eighth inning with runners on the corners and two outs.

“There were about four times during the game that I thought if we got a big hit we could’ve scored three or four,” Ritchie said. “You just never know what happens if you come up with that quality hit.”

The loss comes on the heels of GW’s 6-2 loss to local-rival Georgetown Tuesday. After a road game in Charlottesville, the Colonials (7-18, 1-5) will host George Mason (15-8, 3-1) this weekend for an Atlantic 10 conference matchup.

Last year GW split two non-conference games against the Patriots, but this year, the game takes on ‘added’ importance, with the battle for the Revolutionary Rivalry’s Tri-Corner Hat Trophy all tied up at six wins apiece. Ritchie said he expects a sweep and hopes for bragging rights back home in a household in which both of his kids attend George Mason.

“I’m fully pushing the buttons to say, ‘Hey, I want to be able to go home and tell my kids to shut up,” Ritchie joked.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

Through six innings of play Sunday, it seemed as though the Colonials were on their way to being swept in their Atlantic 10 opening series, at home against Saint Joseph’s.

After falling in the first two games of the series – 13-1 and 3-1, respectively – the Colonials gave up three early runs in the first three innings. It looked to be an early end for a GW team not hitting.

“It was the fourth inning and I walked over to [junior Ryan Xepoleas] and he was kind of like [with his head down],” head coach Gregg Ritchie said. “I said, ‘Hey let’s go, you’re going to get the big hit.’”

A run in the sixth inning and a big hit from Xepoleas in the seventh and GW would go onto win the game 4-3, avoiding the sweep.

Senior Colin Milon delivers a pitch to a Saint Joseph's batter in GW's 4-3 win Sunday over the Hawks. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant Photo Editor

Senior Colin Milon delivers a pitch to a Saint Joseph’s batter in GW’s 4-3 win Sunday over the Hawks. Cameron Lancaster | Assistant Photo Editor

The Colonials leadoff hitter came to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second in a tied game. He quickly fell behind in the count on two-straight off-speed pitches for strikes. The Hawks reliever lost the zone, though, throwing three-straight balls outside. On the next pitch, the crowd froze for a moment as Xepoleas pulled an inside pitch just foul for a would-be home run.

The reliever this time went back outside with a fastball and this time Xepoleas lined it the other way, through the left side of the infield to drive in the go-ahead run.

“I faced him [the Hawk's reliever] yesterday and he threw a couple pitches inside and I was ready for him, so I knew he was going to stay out,” Xepoleas said. “It’s just a mentality thing of being ready for anything and just grinding it out.”

The big seventh inning, which could have been bigger Ritchie said if not for a couple base-running mistakes, helped GW pull off the win.

“The first game was a major debacle and we played really good baseball yesterday, but pieces just didn’t fall together,” Ritchie said. “Just trying to center their focus on execution late in the game.”

After a couple quick of innings thereafter, senior Colin Milon – now part the by-committee closer with senior Craig LeJeune out for the season with Tommy John surgery – in his second inning of work gave up a leadoff double in the ninth. A pop up and a sacrifice fly advanced the Saint Joe’s tying run to third with two outs, but Milon got his next batter to line out to right and the Colonials picked up their first A-10 win of the season.

Sophomore starting pitcher Bobby LeWarne kept the offensively-struggling Colonials in the game. He said he knew he had to go out and throw strikes to give his team a chance of picking up a win. But in the first he gave up one run, in the third another two and by the fourth, he already had 65 pitches.

“On our team, we’re always a threat to score,” said LeWarne, who added he wasn’t worried when they fell behind for the third-straight game. “Pitchers behind me threw even better than me – Jordy [Sheinkop] with the win and Colin with his two innings.”

LeWarne and the pitching staff settled in for the next six innings, allowing only two hits, as the offense came to life for the come-from-behind victory.

Series Recap (1-2):

After a strong start to his season, sophomore Jacob Williams earned himself the opening day slot for conference play. In his two previous starts, the Delaware native allowed no runs in 17 innings – yielding just eight hits.

Against the Hawks, though, Williams exited with a much different line: five innings pitched, eight runs (six earned) on seven hits with over 100 pitches – tagged for the 13-1 conference-opening loss.

GW’s lone run came in the fourth off a hit-by-pitch, steal, error and fielder’s choice to bring in Xepoleas. Not exactly the sequence of a flourishing offense.

Game two faired a bit differently, with the Colonials up 1-0 until the top of the sixth, when senior Aaron Weisberg gave up his first run. Entering the inning he had allowed just two hits, but three singles to leadoff the frame tied the game.

Weisberg wiggled out of further damage, but came back out in the seventh to walk the lead-off hitter on five pitches. Senior Luke Staub came in for relief, but quickly gave up what would be the go-ahead RBI double.

GW would go onto lose 3-1, again with its only support coming by way off small ball – a balk in the first inning, following two fielders choice plays, that brought in Xepoleas.

The Colonials will go onto play Tuesday against UMBC, although weather could hinder the game. GW will then go on the road to face preseason-conference favorite Saint Louis for a three-game series.

“They [Saint Louis] could be favorites, everybody could be favorites, but it’s just about one game,” Ritchie said. “You play to the best of your ability and see if you can sneak out some wins and build the momentum.”

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

It’s been a good week for GW sports. While the basketball teams are headed into postseason play, the baseball team nabbed two weekly honors – sophomore Bobby LeWarne earned Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the Week, while freshman Bobby Campbell won Rookie of the Week, the league announced Monday.

The second-year righty threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout against Monmouth to clinch a series victory for GW this weekend. It was LeWarne’s first win of the year as the Colonials improved to 6-10 on the season with A-10 play just around the corner.

The young pitcher out of Des Moines, Iowa worked economically, going the full nine innings on 105 pitches with 71 strikes. Although he only threw a first-pitch strike to less than half the batters he faced, LeWarne did not walk a single batter. He struck out seven Blue Hawks on the day, six of whom whiffed on the third strike.

LeWarne never faced much trouble and gave up his lone hit, a leadoff single to right field, in the sixth. His efforts did not go to waste with the offense, especially Campbell, coming up big. He singled home the winning run in the eighth inning on a base hit up the middle to score senior Owen Beightol, who had moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt.

Over the four games this week, in which GW went 3-1, Campbell batted .462 going 6-13. In the Colonials’ 11-4 rout over Saint Peter’s Tuesday he went 3-5 with two RBIs and one run scored. The first-year third baseman and local DMV product from St. Johns College High School leads the team with nine RBIs and is second on the team with a .320 batting average.

Last week, freshman Jacob Williams won the honors for Pitcher of the Week. He continued his strong start in the series opener against Monmouth, going seven innings, while allowing no runs and two hits on 81 pitches. Seniors Luke Staub and Colin Milon came on in relief to close out the 1-0 victory. It was Milon’s second save of the season.

The Colonials will play Georgetown in Bethesda, Wednesday afternoon before they begin conference action against Saint Joseph’s Friday in a three-game series.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Scott Nover.

Following an extra-innings victory to begin the weekend series against Cornell, the Big Red took the final three games from the Colonials to win the series over GW in Arlington.

With the three-consecutive losses, GW (3-9) is still without a series win this season.

The Colonials began the series in style Saturday, taking down the Big Red, 3-2, after two extra innings of play. Junior Ryan Xepoleas drew a four-pitch walk to send freshman Bobby Campball across home plate for the walk-off victory.

“We had a guy pitch, throw strikes. Executed a few things,” said head coach Gregg Ritchie. “We took advantage of a few mistakes. Played the game all the way through.”

The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader saw Cornell grab a 6-2 victory from the Colonials, with the Big Red outhitting GW eight to four. Sunday brought a second doubleheader, of which neither game satisfied Ritchie.

“We gave the game away,” said Ritchie of Sunday’s first game.

GW failed to capitalize on its fifth-inning opportunities, contributing to Ritchie’s fustration. Xepoleas was picked off at first based before freshman Joey Bartosic was caught stealing second, thwarting two possible scoring threats.

“We’re just a young team making a lot of mistakes,” Ritchie noted. “Six, seven freshmen in the lineup. We got to work our way through it and we got to stop making mistakes.”

Following the first game’s disappointing 4-3 loss, GW engaged in the fourth and final game of the weekend. The game quickly labeled itself a pitchers’ duel, with only five hits coming between the two teams in four innings of play. GW’s starting pitcher, sophomore Bobby Lewarne, felt the effects of fatigue, growing tired in the fifth inning as he gave up a pair of hits and an earned run.

“Bobby threw fine. He did well. Got tired in the fifth. Threw about 90 pitches,” Ritchie remarked. “Bobby did a nice job, and then we just proceeded to unfold.”

Lewarne exited in the sixth after letting up two singles and a triple, but his relief struggled throughout the end of the game. Freshman relievers Andrew Piccin and Brandon Ritchie combined to give up four hits and four runs before the ninth inning.

“Nobody threw any strikes,” Ritchie said. “We got whacked. Could not throw a strike, walked hitters, hit batters, couldn’t get the ball in play and never stopped the runner from running.”

Despite positive words about Lewarne’s opening frames of pitching and senior Owen Beightol’s solo home run in the seventh, Ritchie was overall displeased with how the series ended.

“Owen’s been Owen. Quiet and unassuming, just get’s up and plays,” Ritchie said of his senior second baseman.

But pitching was not the Colonials’ only challenge Sunday. The offense suffered as well, as GW picked up a mere three hits and one run in the 8-1 defeat. In fact, the Cornell batters outhit the Colonials 33-21 throughout the weekend, outscoring them 21-9.

Talking about his batters’ struggles against Cornell’s pitching, Ritchie said the biggest problem was “just staying on the ball.”

In the field, the Colonials committed seven errors in their four games against the Big Red.

Ritchie noted that with such a young team, inexperience has led to simple mistakes on the field. Speaking on advice he could give to his freshmen, Ritchie was blunt: “Play clean, basic, fundamental baseball.”

The 3-9 Colonials host St. Peter’s University on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Ellee Watson.

The Colonials endured a 10-inning shutout and walk-off victory, but were unable to grab the series win over Lafayette College.

GW got its fair share of hits – 25 – in the series, even out-hitting the Leopards, but they couldn’t push the runs across when it mattered most, scoring only 5 runs in the three games.

In the series’ third game, with two runners on base and no outs in the bottom of the ninth, junior Xavier Parkmond was caught trying to steal third, giving the Leopards their first out. It would effectively kill GW’s scoring threat, as consecutive outs by freshmen Cody Bryant and Andrew Selby clinched the 3-2 win for Lafayette.

The Leopards return home with a 2-4 overall record, while the Colonials fall to 2-6 on the season.

Junior Xavier Parkmond hits an RBI single earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo

Junior Xavier Parkmond hits an RBI single earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo

“That’s five games out of our six losses we had a tie or a lead and had opportunities all over the place,” head coach Gregg Ritchie said. “Guys got to get over the fear and stop playing scared.”

The Colonials split the double-header against Lafayette Saturday, losing the first game 4-2. Sophomore Jacob Williams would climb onto the mound for the second game just thirty minutes later and throw a 10-inning shutout that opened things up for GW’s 1-0 walk-off victory.

“It’s a pleasing thing that Williams was able to command as well as he did,” Ritchie said. “If you have a fastball command, no guys can hit you.”

In the bottom of the 10th inning, the Colonials capitalized on three Lafayette errors to earn the victory. Selby reached on an error by Lafayette pitcher Ari Kaufman and later advanced to third on an error by the catcher. Kaufman then intentionally walked freshman Joey Bartosic to load the bases, and two batters later, freshman Collin Gibbons-Fly’s fielders-choice scored Selby as the first baseman’s throw was off target.

Senior pitcher Aaron Weisberg started the first game, giving up four runs over seven innings with three strikeouts. Senior Taylor Lambke tagged him out, before freshman Eddie Muhl stepped in the ninth inning to close the game.

“After the UMES games, and before Jacob Williams, if you look at our pitching, we haven’t really been throwing strike one or throwing a strike on 1-1 and that’s really the big battle,” Ritchie said.

Sunday, starting senior pitcher Luke Staub threw three innings and gave up three runs before being replaced by sophomore pitcher Max Kaplow. Staub had thrown just 65 pitches and recorded only one strikeout.

Last weekend against Southeastern University, Kaplow gave up six earned runs in his start, unable to get out of the first inning. Ritchie was looking for a response.

“I told him he needed to get his act together,” Ritchie said, “He did some work inside. I told him he had a shot to show it. I need to see that energy.”

As a reliever against Lafayette, Kaplow put his foot down and brought that energy, going five innings with three strikeouts, giving up only one hit and three walks.

“He gets all fired up and excited and that’s how he goes,” Ritchie said. “He was really really good.”

On Sunday, the Leopards scored three runs in the top of the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the second, freshman Kevin Mahala hit a single and was brought in on a single by Bobby Campbell, making it 3-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Colonials had bases loaded with a chance to take the lead. Owen Beightol initiated the offense with a single, followed by Mahala who singled to center field and
Campbell who singled up the middle. With the bases loaded, freshman Eli Kashi missed his squeeze play attempt and Mahala got caught between third base and home plate, being tagged for the first out. Threat squandered.

Down 3-2 headed into the bottom of the ninth, the Colonials had the potential for an exciting comeback victory. GW would hit it solidly and get on base, but as Ritchie said, they couldn’t execute when it mattered.

“We didn’t get pitching in the beginning. We didn’t get hitting at the right times. We hit the ball,” Ritchie said, “this team has actually hit the ball in terms of getting some hits far ahead of last year, but the execution is not there.”

Mahala led the series with two runs followed by Xepoleas and Beightol with one apiece. Xepoleas also had six hits in the series, while Bartosic and Mahala each had three.

The Colonials are still in a comfortable position, Ritchie said, especially in comparison to their rough 0-9 start last year.

“I’m comfortable as long as they let their abilities play on the field and stop playing scared,” Ritchie said, “There is no excuse for mistakes being made by older guys who are supposed to be leading these
young guys.”

The Colonials next play the University of Virginia Wednesday at noon at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va.

This post was updated March 3, 2014 to reflect the following:

Correction appended
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Lafayette College was named University of Lafayette.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Josh Solomon.

The Colonials, fresh off of a rough weekend sweep at Southeastern Louisiana, fell to Delaware State 7-5 at Barcroft Park Thursday.

Three runs came in the first for GW (1-4), but that lead would quickly disappear – a trend that would continue all game long. Two one-run innings were also erased and by the ninth inning, Delaware State had scored a run apiece in back-to-back innings to tie the game.

A communication error in the middle of the infield on a potential inning-ending double play led to one run on an errant throw. Then, a wild pitch brought home another run for the eventual final 7-5 score. Little mental mistakes by the freshmen wouldn’t cost GW the game, but they would make the loss on a bitterly cold day that much tougher.

Junior Xavier Parkmond hits an RBI single Thursday against Delaware State to extend GW's lead to 5-3 in the sixth inning. Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Junior Xavier Parkmond hits an RBI single Thursday against Delaware State to extend GW’s lead to 5-3 in the sixth inning. Josh Solomon | Hatchet Staff Photographer

It was the first of four straight home games for the Colonials and 16 of their next 19.

“There was some scrap, but there’s still some immature, anxious play,” head coach Gregg Richie said. “There’s still in the moment kind of stuff where you have to have a slower heartbeat.”

GW threatened in the ninth with runners on first and second with two outs, but a flyout to left – where the wind was blowing out all game – ended the contest.

Sophomore Xavier Parkmond had a solid game in the two-hole, going 2-5, with one run and one run batted in. In his first at bat, he would stroke the first pitch to right center before going on to steal second. Freshman Colin Gibbons-Fly drove him in with a single down the right field line, helping chase the Hornets starting pitcher out of the lineup before the end of the first frame.

Parkmond would later single in sophomore Matthieu Robért from third to extend the lead to two in the sixth inning.

But it was the mistakes by the rookies in the last three innings that allowed Delaware State to chip at the lead. In the seventh, freshman Andrew Piccin walked in a run after loading the bases with two singles and a hit-by-pitch.

Senior Colin Milon would give up a leadoff homerun in the eighth – his first earned run of the season – that tied the game. Milon would eventually take the loss on the day.

Then came the ninth and a potential double-play ball to end the inning gone wrong. Freshman shortstop Kevin Mahala fielded the grounder, looked at second for freshman Eli Kashi – who came in the eighth as a pinch runner – but he wasn’t at the bag yet. Mahala tried to run it over himself, but realized there was not enough time, so he hurled a last second throw towards first that sailed to the Hornets dugout.

One run would score and Delaware State had a lead it would not give up.

“There was absolutely no communication from the word ‘Go’ on that,” Richie said.

Sophomore Bobby LeWarne, in his first start of the season, pushed through five innings with 93 pitches to keep the Colonials in it. The 6-foot-1 righty struggled to command his fastball all five innings, but spotted his off speed pitches in pivotal moments to work out of jams en route to eight strikeouts.

“My changeup was good. I used that most of the time,” LeWarne said. “If I kept my fastball low, I could’ve been more successful. Still working.”

In the second inning, he let up three runs to answer the three his offense had just put on the board. But they came unearned.

LeWarne retired the first two batters of the inning, but then gave up back-to-back Hornets singles. A ground ball to Mahala was bobbled, as he was screened by the base runner at second, loading the bases. The next batter roped a bases-clearing double to knot the game up at three.

For a first start, Richie was satisfied with his performance and said that once he starts locating his fastball, LeWarne will be their go-to middle of the week pitcher.

Heading into the weekend series against Lafayette, GW will start senior Aaron Weisberg and freshman Jacob Williams, respectively, for Saturday’s doubleheader. Both will look to go deep into their games and eat innings for the bullpen. Williams will be starting in spot of sophomore Max Kaplow, who did not record an out in his last outing. Senior Luke Staub is slated for the final action Sunday.

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Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 1:23 p.m.

Baseball swept in first series of season

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ellee Watson.

Following an exciting season opener, the Colonials lost their first series of the season this weekend, getting swept by the Southeastern Louisiana Lions.

Facing one of the toughest teams on their schedule, who regularly plays College of World Series teams like LSU, the Lions were just too deep of a team to overcome. Southeastern’s bullpen depth would outlast the Colonials, who brought their energy to play against one of the “big teams,” as head coach Gregg Ritchie called them.

“The guys faced some adversity this weekend, but it is all part of the growth,” Ritchie said.

In the first and final game of the series, the Colonials took the lead early and held the Lions off until the middle innings, but then the games flew open in large part because GW pitchers could not carry the team deep into the game.

“We need out pitchers to step up to the mound and throw strikes and to stop giving up walks,” Ritchie said.

The final game of the series against Southeastern, followed that trend, starting out strong for GW. Freshmen Kevin Mahala and Bobby Campbell nailed a double steal in the top of the second inning and both scored on Southeastern errors to take an early 2-0 lead.

The Lions would tie the game quickly in the third inning, after a run-scoring single in both the second and third innings from Kevin Carr and Jacob Seward.

GW would give up three more runs and fall behind 5-3 in the fifth inning, when starting pitcher – sophomore Jacob Williams – was taken out of the game in favor of senior Colin Milon.

Freshman Eddie Muhl replaced Milon in the bottom of the seventh inning, but quickly came out after allowing four runs off of three hits in 0.1 innings. Southeastern had run away with it, bringing the score to its final count of 9-3. Freshman Andrew Piccin finished the game allowing two hits and no runs.

Campbell led the offense in the final game with three hits, followed by senior Owen Beightol with two. Mahala, freshman Collin Gibbons-Fly, and Campbell each scored a run, while Beightol added an RBI.

The Colonials finished the night with 7 hits and 2 errors against the Lions’ 12 hits and 4 errors.

In the series opener, Beightol put the Colonials on the scoreboard first, reaching base on an infield single, stealing second and scoring when Mahala reached on an error.

Right-handed senior pitcher Luke Staub started the game strongly, tagging out in the bottom of the fourth after allowing only one-earned hit. Sophomore Bobby LeWarne took the mound with the score tied 1-1.

LeWarne would come out after just two innings, though, after allowing the Lions to score four runs on three hits and three walks. The Lions capitalized on a fielding error to bring the score to 6-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Piccin finished the game once again with a scoreless 1.2 innings, but the offense could do nothing to muster a comeback.

The following night, the Lions took the lead easily. The Colonials entered the fourth inning already trailing 9-0, at which point Beightol hit a home run over the left-field wall to put GW on the scoreboard.

“Beightol is stepping up and playing the role we need him to play,” Ritchie said.

Beightol revitalized the offense in the eighth inning, leading a series of singles from Mahala and fellow freshmen Jon Steele, Cody Bryant and Joey Bartosic. A double from junior Ryan Xeopoleas put the game at 14-7, but once again, the Lions were able to hold on for the win.

“That game showed we have a lot of fight; these boys won’t give up easily,” Ritchie said.

The Colonials play next at home Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. against Delaware State.

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