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Senior Eric Lara releases a pitch during a home game against Shepherd Sunday morning in Arlington Va. Michael Boosalis | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Nick Ong

After four innings of play in the finale of a two-game series against Shepherd, the Colonials looked to be falling victim to a pattern that has plagued them all season- struggling to garner just enough hits to push past an opponent.  But thanks to two huge outbursts in the fifth and sixth innings, GW was able to come out on top 8-5, splitting the series with the Rams.

The Colonials were slightly edged by Shepherd Saturday, falling 2-1. It was a contest that saw GW unable to best the Rams’ pitchers, failing to score after the first, and one that head coach Steve Mrowka said forced his team out of comfortable play.

“When we came off that game yesterday, we just started pressing a little bit, trying too hard,” head coach Steve Mrowka said.  “And then we started again today, fell behind; the same thing was going on.”

Shepherd got out to a quick start Sunday, using the combination of some small ball tactics and their power-hitting first baseman Nathan Minnich to drive in the first run of the game.  Over the next few innings, the Colonials watched as the Rams continued to push runs in.

With Shepherd up 5-1, junior Derek Brown’s single in the third gave GW its first run of the day jumpstarted the Colonial bats. Mrowka told his players to take pitches and just get on base, he said after the game, and the team was able to start their fifth inning rally.

The Colonials got one run back after two walks and two singles, but it was freshman Grant Brown’s bases-loaded double that brought them back to within one.  Even a new Rams pitcher couldn’t stop the rally, as junior right fielder Kyle Gelling tied up the game with a base knock.  When the inning ended, the Colonials had captured their first lead of the day, 6-5.

“I think their guy got a little tired and we started working some better counts,” Mrowka said.  “Guys got their pitches, hit them square, and it started to fall in for us a little bit and then the guys relaxed.”

Momentum was the key, Brown said. Throughout the year the team has fed off of momentum, building it up and often scoring many of their runs in one inning.  The key factor is confidence at the plate, Brown said, proving himself right after driving in four of the Colonials’ eight runs on the day.

“I just kind of went up there and told myself I’m going to own this pitcher,” Brown said.  “I said its me and him and I’m going to win the battle every time, no matter which pitcher it is.”

Keeping the Rams bats quiet for the majority of the game was junior southpaw Kenny O’Brien.  Coming into the game at the start of the fourth after starting junior pitcher Tyler McCarthy struggled, giving up three runs over three innings, O’Brien pitched consistent baseball for the next five innings.

The junior relinquished just two runs to the Rams, eventually getting the win. O’Brien’s performance was the type of play the Colonials have come to expect from the pitcher, Mrowka said, indicative of his consistent performance on the mound.

“He’s been our go to guy,” Mrowka said.  “We usually save him for the second half of the game, but today, the game was in the balance in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, so we had to enter the game with one of our best pitchers.  Once he got settled in there, he just gave us life, kept us in the game and we had the rally.  Baseball 101.”

The win brings the Colonials record to 10-17 on the season, and the team is hopeful for many victories now that they have a renewed of a homefield advantage with the new Barcroft Park.

“I think everyone’s just really excited, and you can tell,” Brown said.  “The atmosphere’s just so much more positive now that we’ve got this new field.”

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Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 3:48 p.m.

Colonial sports weekend round-up

Senior Amanda Murphy performs on the balance beam during the Lindsey Ferris Invitation Jan. 14. | Hatchet File Photo

A lot of GW teams were in action this weekend. Here’s a look at how they fared:

Gymnastics

The Colonials fell to Central Michigan Sunday, dropping the dual meet 193.600-192.075 in GW’s fifth of six straight road competitions.

GW posted a new season high on the floor exercise, earning a combined 48.600, paced by junior Stephanie Stoicovy, who led with Colonials with a 9.800 for fourth place. Senior Amanda Murphy and sophomore Betsy Zander tied for sixth with a score of 9.725.

Stoicovy finished third in the all-around, with 38.500, and sophomore Kiera Kenney led GW on the uneven bars, finishing with a 9.725. Zander tied for third place on the balance beam, scoring a 9.625, and freshman Courtney Willoughby earned third place on the vault with a 9.700.

The Colonials wrap their road stand at EAGL rival North Carolina Feb. 24.

Baseball

The baseball team opened its season at Stetson this weekend and was swept in three games over three days.

The Colonials had a 2-0 lead at the top of the first Friday but couldn’t hold on for the victory, falling 19-7 to Stetson. Senior Stephen Oswald tripled in fellow senior Ollie Mittag for the first score of the game, followed by a RBI groundout from senior Matt Murakami. But their early runs didn’t stop an explosive Stetson team that scored five in the bottom of the first and six in the bottom of the second to take a commanding lead.

Saturday, junior Brian Derner held Stetson hitless before an unearned run in the third opened the door for Stetson to add five runs in the fourth. The Colonials were able to tally two runs in the top of the ninth but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 7-2 final tally.

GW’s bats heated up a bit Sunday, collecting 14 hits on the day, but still couldn’t overcome Stetson, falling 13-8 in the series finale. Mittag had a game-high three hits, including one RBI, and Murakami, junior Kyle Gelling, sophomore Owen Beightol and freshman Xavier Parkmond all collected two. The Colonials jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first, but Stetson pulled within a run in the second. The teams traded runs over the rest of the game, before a four-run sixth and two-run eighth inning gave the Hatters a solid lead.

The Colonials next head to Petersburg, Va. for a three-game stand against Army next weekend.

Women’s tennis

GW opened A-10 competition this weekend, splitting its action with a loss to Xavier Saturday but a victory over Duquesne Sunday.

The Colonials won two of the three doubles matches to start competition Saturday, with sophomores Leah Pascarella and Isabella Escobar and senior Jacqueline Corba and junior Lorena Valente teaming up for the victories. From there the Muskateers picked up four singles victories for a 4-3 win, despite Colonial singles triumphs from Pascarella and Escobar.

Sunday, GW picked up its first A-10 win of the season. The team once again nabbed the double point off victories from the teams of Escobar and Pascarella and Corba and Valente. Three singles wins, from junior Mimi Hamling, senior Meg Tyner – who is undefeated in singles play on the season – and senior Zoe Krohn cemented GW’s 4-3 victory.

The team next faces James Madison Feb. 25 and Temple Feb. 26.

Women’s lacrosse

After opening their season with a commanding victory over Howard, the Colonials fell at Drexel in their second game of the season, dropping to the Dragons 15-10 Sunday.

Though Drexel took an early 4-2 lead, GW rallied on a 6-1 scoring run to take an 8-5 lead at halftime, including two goals apiece from seniors Sarah Phillips and Megan Seidman. It was the closest the Colonials would come to victory, after the Dragons used an explosive second half to pull away decisively.

Drexel outscored GW 10-2 on the second, including six straight goals to open the half. Phillips picked up her third goal of the game, for her second straight hat trick, and junior Nicole Lacey added a goal for the Colonials’ only two scores on the half. Lacey also matched her own program single-game record with 10 draw controls on the afternoon.

GW next hosts Long Island at 1 p.m. Feb. 25.

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