May 6, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - A solo home run by Owen Beightol in the eighth inning was the difference as the Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped the series finale to George Washington, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Smithson Field. Greg Kumpel had two hits for the Hawks, while Ryan Pater drove in the Hawk run with a double in the fifth.
George Washington (18-30 overall, 4-14 Atlantic 10) took its first lead of the series in the top of the first as Stephen Oswald singled up the middle to score Justin Albright and give the Colonials an early lead.
Saint Joseph's (21-25 overall, 11-6 Atlantic 10) broke through to tie the score in the fifth. Lansing Veeder and Brett Tiagwad drew one-out walks off of GW starter Aaron Weisberg to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, Pater fouled off three straight 3-2 pitches before ripping a double to right to score Veeder and tie the game.
The Colonials attempted to answer right back in the top of the sixth, putting the first two batters aboard, but with two outs and runners on second and third, SJU starter Jordan Carter struck out Brett Bowers to escape the jam.
The Hawks threatened in the bottom of the half, loading the bases with nobody out, but Kenny O'Brien came in from the bullpen and induced a double play and a groundout to keep the game level at a run apiece.
GW then loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh, but Albright fouled out and reliever Mike Muha fanned Ollie Mittag on a called third strike to end the threat.
With one out in the eighth, however, Muha gave up the only hit of his outing as Beightol took a pitch down the left field line and over the fence for what turned out to be the winning run.
O'Brien did not allow a hit or a walk over the last four innings and posted four strikeouts to improve to 5-4. Muha fell to 4-2 on the year.
Carter was solid in his outing, going six and a third innings and allowing a run on four hits and three walks while striking out five. Weisberg allowed one run on five hits, walking four.
The Hawks will now play a non-conference game at Seton Hall at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon before returning home for a three-game set with crosstown rival La Salle May 11-13.