Baseball earns Atlantic 10 series victory
The Colonials had mixed success in their weekend series with Saint Louis, winning the first two games but dropping the last. It was their second Atlantic 10 Conference series win of the season.
GW (14-33, 6-12 A-10) was propelled in Friday’s 12-2 win by senior Brendon Kelliher, who hit two home runs and drove in four runs during the game. The Colonials took a 2-1 lead out of the first inning and never relinquished it, adding ten more runs over the game. Sophomore Brian Derner started for GW, earning his third win of the season.
The Colonials posted their second win over Saint Louis Saturday, besting the Billikens 9-4. GW posted three-run innings in the fourth, seventh and ninth, thanks in part to a combined five RBIs from junior Jimmy Best and freshman Owen Beightol. Senior Tommy Gately earned his team-leading fifth win of the season.
GW was held scoreless in its lone loss of the weekend, dropping Sunday’s game 4-0 to Saint Louis. Redshirt senior Bobby Lucas pitched seven and one-third innings in the loss, allowing three runs, five hits and striking out six.
The Colonials next host Maryland Eastern Shore Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.
Softball splits season finale
The Colonials wrapped up their 2011 season this weekend, splitting a doubleheader at La Salle.
GW (16-26-1, 4-16 A-10) earned a 1-0 victory over the Explorers in the first game. Sophomore Tara Fogarty drove in junior Lauren Wilson in the seventh inning for the game’s lone run. Junior Kara Clauss held La Salle to two hits, striking out five.
The Colonials took a 1-0 lead in game two in the second inning, but were unable to earn the victory, dropping the second game 5-4. La Salle earned three runs on four hits in the fourth, adding one more before the inning was out. Sophomore Autumn Taylor brought the Colonials within one, hitting a three-run homer, her third of the season, in the sixth, but GW was unable to complete the rally, leaving the tying run stranded on base in the seventh.
Number Crunch: 3
The number of three-run home runs softball’s sophomore outfielder Autumn Taylor hit this season.