April 1, 2011
ARLINGTON, Va. - Greg Kumpel was 5-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored, but it wasn't enough as the Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped its series opener at George Washington, 6-5, at Barcroft Park on Friday afternoon. Kumpel tied the SJU record for hits in a game, posting a home run and a pair of doubles to go with two singles.
George Washington (8-18, 2-2 Atlantic 10) opened the scoring in the bottom of the second as Brendon Kelliher hit a two-out, two-run single through the left side to give the Colonials a 2-0 lead.
Saint Joseph's (9-16, 2-2 Atlantic 10) responded in the top of the third as Kevin Taylor hit a two-out single to score Joe Cook, who had doubled to right. Kumpel then took the first pitch he saw from GW's Brian Derner over the left field wall to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead.
The Hawks looked to add a run in the fourth, putting runners on first and third with two down, but Derner escaped without any damage.
The Colonials tied it up in the bottom half of the inning as Kelliher reached on an error that allowed Brett Bowers to score after he led off with a double.
Eddie Palmer hit a two-out single to center in the top of the fifth to score Kumpel and put the Hawks back on top, 4-3.
Kelliher added his third and fourth RBI of the day in the bottom of the sixth as he once again put GW ahead with a two-out hit, this time a home run to left center. He then added an RBI single with two down in the eighth to complete his five-RBI day.
The Hawks had a chance to come back in the top of the seventh, but Joe Richardson came on with one out and, after an intentional walk to Chris Hueth, escaped a bases-loaded jam.
With one out in the ninth, Mike Coleman drew a walk before Kumpel ripped his fifth hit of the day, a double to left center, to draw SJU back within one. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Richardson stranded him on third to end the ballgame.
Derner (2-3) got the win for GW, going six and a third innings and allowing four runs on eight hits. Kyle Mullen took the loss for SJU, falling to 3-3 on the year. He was charged with five runs, four earned, on seven hits, with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Kumpel tied a mark that was most recently matched in 2009, when David Valesente had five hits against SIU-Edwardsville.
The teams are back in action in Arlington on Saturday afternoon. First pitch at Barcroft Park is set for 1:00 p.m.