April 25, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. -
A bases-loaded, walk-off single by Ryan Hickey in the bottom of the 10th inning gave George Washington a 10-9 victory over the Navy baseball team on Wednesday afternoon at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va. Navy is now 20-24 on the year, while George Washington improved to 17-25.
With the game tied, 9-9, and a runner on first with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Derek Brown singled to right field and then Jordan Heller walked Brett Bowers to load the bases. Hickey followed with his game-winning RBI single that went through the left side.
The two teams combined to use 12 pitchers and it was George Washington's Kenny O'Brien that earned the win by holding the Mids scoreless over the final two and one-third innings. O'Brien improved to 4-4 with the win.
Heller, who came on to start the 10th inning, took the loss to fall to 0-3.
Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the second, George Washington made it a 3-0 game courtesy of a two-run homer by Ollie Mittag. Mittag followed a leadoff single by Jimmy Best with a shot over the left field wall off Navy starter Dallas Redden.
A leadoff single by Dylan Wheeler sparked a Navy rally in the top of the third inning as the Mids sent all nine batters to the plate and scored four runs to take a 4-3 lead. With Wheeler on first base, Alex Azor hit a double to left field that dropped just inside the foul line to bring in the Mids' first run. Later, with one out and Azor on second base, Greg Dupell reached on an error by the first baseman, Brown, allowing Azor to score.
Kash Manzelli followed a walk to Dave Milanes with an RBI single to right field to tie the game, and Andrew Hahn gave the Mids' their first lead with a two-out RBI single up the middle.
Navy built on its lead with two more runs off consecutive RBI singles in the top of the fourth. An infield RBI single by Dupell plated the first run and Milanes followed with a run-scoring base hit through the left side to give Navy a 6-3 lead.
A pair of walks and a Navy error loaded the bases for the Colonials in the bottom of the fourth with one out, but Navy limited GW to just one run on a sacrifice fly.
Navy put a pair of runners on base in the top of the sixth inning and Manzelli took advantage with an RBI double to left-center field. Josh Moore then gave Navy an 8-4 lead with a sacrifice fly to center field.
GW got one run back in the bottom of the sixth, but an Azor single to shallow center field scored David Norman to keep Navy's advantage at four runs, 9-5.
The Colonials pulled to within one run in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three runs all with two outs. A two-out walk by Charlie LaMar loaded the bases and then another walk to Best brought in the first run. It looked like Navy would get out of the inning yielding just one run, but a throwing error by Dylan Wheeler at shortstop on a ball hit by Mittag allowed two more runs to score and made it a 9-8 game.
Joel Rinehart got the final out of the seventh inning and then retired the Colonials in order in the bottom of the eighth.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Colonials used a leadoff walk and then a two-out RBI double by Best to tie the game. Best's double just made it over the outstretched glove of Azor in center field to score the tying run.
Azor led Navy with three hits on Wednesday, while Milanes, Moore, Manzelli and Hahn all had two.
Navy will return to action this weekend when it hosts Lehigh in its final series of the regular season. Doubleheaders will begin at noon on both Saturday and Sunday.