May 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
In their final game prior to the Patriot League Tournament next week, the Navy baseball team fell to George Washington, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium. The Mids never led in the game, but pulled within a run, 3-2, in the bottom of the sixth. The Colonials, however, added a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to put the game away.
A total of four Colonial pitchers combined to hold the Mids to just six hits.
"Give credit to their pitching staff, they were able to get ahead of our hitters today and we didn't swing the bats very well," said Navy head coach Paul Kostacopoulos. "They really controlled the game."
With the game scoreless in the top of the third inning, Navy (28-21) starter Stephen Geiss got into trouble as he issued a pair of walks and hit two batters. Despite the four batters reaching base, Geiss was able to minimize the damage as he yielded just one run on a sacrifice fly.
GW (17-29) starting pitcher Jacob Williams limited Navy to just two hits through four innings, allowing the Colonials to extend their lead in the top of the fifth. A passed ball on a strikeout and hit batter to start the inning gave the Colonials a pair of base runners, both of which would later come around to score on a single by Owen Beightol and then a groundout by Tyler McCarthy.
Navy was able to get on the board in the sixth to cut its deficit to a run. Greg Dupell followed Kash Manzelli's single with an RBI triple down the first base line. Connor Deneen then plated Dupell with a sacrifice fly, making the score 3-2.
The Colonials though used three consecutive one-out hits in the top of the eighth to extend their lead to 5-2. Derek Brown (double) and Eric Kalman (single) both picked up RBIs.
The George Washington bullpen held the Mids hitless after the sixth. Bobby Lewarne retired the side in both the eighth and ninth innings to earn his first save of the year.
"Their bullpen did a nice job today," said Kostacopoulos.
Williams yielded two runs off five hits, struck out four and walked just one in 5.2 innings to earn the win.
Geiss took the loss for Navy. He allowed just two hits in four-complete innings, but issued two walks and hit three batters. He is now 1-2 on the year.
Navy will be off until it hosts Army in the Patriot League Tournament best-of-three semifinal series, which is slated to begin May 11.