Sports in Brief

Baseball swept in series against Fordham

The baseball team was swept by Fordham over the weekend, falling in each game of its three-game series.

Friday’s game featured six lead changes before Fordham earned a walk-off 8-7 win in the bottom of the ninth. Junior catcher Jimmy Best hit a solo home run in the second, and the Colonials (10-26) added two more runs in the third with RBIs from senior centerfielder Brendon Kelliher and sophomore outfielder Tyler McCarthy. GW and Fordham traded runs until the game was tied at 7 heading into the ninth, when the Rams scored the winning run off an RBI single. Senior pitcher Bobby Lucas threw four and one-third innings, allowing five runs and earning five strikeouts.

Saturday was another close game, with Fordham picking up its 5-4 victory in another walk-off victory. The Colonials had a 3-0 lead coming out of the third inning, but the Rams scored four runs in the bottom half of the fourth to take the lead. GW tied it in the seventh, and the game headed into extra innings before Fordham was able to score the game-winning run in the tenth. Sophomore Kenny O’Brien pitched four innings of shutout relief.

Fordham clinched its weekend sweep Sunday with a 4-1 victory, GW’s seventh loss in their last eight games. Senior pitcher Tommy Gately pitched seven innings, allowing four runs, six hits, and throwing six strikeouts. The Colonials earned their only run in the top of the sixth inning, off of freshman shortstop Brookes Townsend’s sacrifice fly.

GW next takes on UMBC in Baltimore April 19 at 6 p.m.

Softball drops both games of Charlotte doubleheader

The softball team dropped both games of its doubleheader against Charlotte Sunday, falling first 4-1 and then 9-1 to the 49ers.

In the first game, Charlotte took a quick 3-0 lead over GW (12-19-1, 3-9 A-10) before junior catcher Lauren Wilson doubled in sophomore first baseman Sandi Moynihan, a Hatchet reporter, to put the Colonials on the board. It was the only run that GW was able to score during the game, and Charlotte added another run in the top of the sixth to secure their victory. Junior pitcher Kara Clauss threw four innings, allowing three runs, striking out one and walking two.

Wilson again put GW on the board in the second game, giving the Colonials a 1-0 lead when she homered in the second inning. It was the only time GW would earn a run during the game. The 49ers went on an explosive scoring run late in the game, scoring two runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in the sixth to earn their 9-1 victory.

The Colonials head next to Georgetown April 16, with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.

Number Crunch: 3

The number of years in a row the men’s tennis team was upset in the A-10 men’s tennis championship before the Colonials won Saturday.

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