Colonials walk off with 10-9 victory over Navy

Senior Stephen Oswald runs towards first base during one of the Colonials' games earlier this season. Hatchet File Photo.

Fresh off a win over UMES, the Colonials returned to the diamond today for a 10-inning stand against Navy that ended with a walk-off 10-9 victory.

GW overcame a four-run deficit for the victory with junior Ryan Hickey drilling the walk-off RBI single to ensure the win by hitting a ground ball through the left side of the infield.

The Colonials were ahead 3-0 after the second but Navy took advantage of a GW fielding error for a four-run third inning, continuing its offensive streak in the fourth to push their lead to 6-3. The Colonials briefly answered with a run in the fourth, before Navy scored a pair of runs off an RBI double in the sixth to pull ahead 8-4.

The two teams traded runs before GW scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull within one, and continued its rally in the ninth. The Colonials forced extra innings by tying the game in the bottom of the ninth, starting when Navy walked senior Stephen Oswald. He was substituted for pinch runner Hickey, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Senior Jimmy Best nailed a double to center field, sending Hickey home and setting the stage for his walk-off hit an inning later.

Best finished the game 2-for-2 with two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks, and sophomore Owen Beightol went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

The Colonials conclude their 10-game home stand this weekend when they host Charlotte for a three-game series, beginning Friday at 4 p.m.


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