UMBC batters GW baseball

The GW baseball team was unable to snap a four-game losing streak Wednesday, dropping its home-opener 13-4 to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County at Barcroft Park.

The struggling Colonials (1-6) had their ace, Greg Conden, on the mound. But Conden could not pitch his way out of an early hole his defense gave him.

UMBC held GW down with strong pitching and strong hitting. Eric Weitmer pitched seven strong innings and catcher Scott Kosmicky belted two homeruns.

UMBC jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning after GW’s defense committed two errors. The Retrievers built on their lead in the top of the third inning when Kosmicky hit the first of his two homeruns down the left field line to give UMBC a 5-0 lead.

The Retrievers added another run in the fourth inning before putting the game out of reach with a three-run fifth inning, making the score 9-0.

GW shortstop Jake Wald knocked in Dan Rouhier and Chris Barry with a double to right center in the bottom of the fifth inning. It cut the lead to 9-2 and was the Colonials only scoring threat.

But just as quickly as the Colonials had scored two runs, the Retrievers added two more of their own. In the top of the sixth, with a runner on first base, Kosmicky struck again, this time off of GW reliever Mike O’Connor.

Barry hit his first homerun of the season in the Colonials’ seventh inning. The Colonials were unable to build on the homerun and the Retrievers added two more runs in the top of the ninth inning on a homerun by Chad Gerben to extend the lead to 13-3.

The Colonials closed out the scoring in the bottom of the ninth with an unearned run thanks to a pair of UMBC errors.

The Colonials return to action Thursday at Barcroft Park, where they will host James Madison University. The Colonials lost to JMU 4-2 earlier in the season. Thursday’s game was rescheduled from a March 3 cancellation. The probable starters for the game are Jason Baker for the Colonials and Dan Meyers for JMU.

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