Baseball swept by La Salle in weekend series
GW baseball extended its losing streak to seven this weekend when the Colonials were swept in a three-game series by La Salle.
Despite GW’s (10-30, 3-9 A-10) ninth-inning rally, the Explorers handed them a 7-6 loss Thursday. Redshirt senior Bobby Lucas, Jr., pitched five and two-thirds innings in the loss, allowing three earned runs on eight hits with two walks and threw six strikeouts. La Salle was up 3-0 at the end of the second, but the Colonials tied it with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth, off a triple from sophomore Tyler McCarthy’s and senior Brendon Kelliher’s second home run in two days. The Explorers scored four runs over the next three innings, making it 7-3 heading into the ninth, when the Colonials rallied to post three. The comeback fell one run shy of tying the game.
A comeback bid again fell short for the Colonials Friday, when they fell to La Salle 5-2. GW trailed by two heading into the sixth, and were able to tie the game with consecutive RBI doubles from McCarthy and freshman Owen Beightol. But a home run from the Explorers in the ninth allowed La Salle the walk-off win. Sophomore Brian Derner started for GW, throwing eight and one-third innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts.
A La Salle late rally Saturday ensured its third victory of the weekend, topping GW 9-7. GW took an early lead, scoring two runs in the first, including a home run by Kelliher that was his second in the series. La Salle and the Colonials then traded runs, until GW headed into the bottom of the eighth with a 7-5 lead. The Explorers exploded for four runs in the eighth, cementing the final 9-7 tally. Tommy Gately pitched for four and one-third innings in the loss, allowing four earned runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
The Colonials next head to Williamsburg, Va., to visit William & Mary Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.
Number Crunch: 2
The number of home runs senior Brendon Kelliher hit during GW’s weekend series against La Salle.