VCU Falls, 1-0, in the Bottom of the Ninth to George Washington

FINAL: George Washington 1, VCU 0 - (Washington, D.C. – Barcroft Park)

VCU STARTERS: Cullen (CF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Ayers (C), Buran (RF), Mikionis (1B), Prentiss (DH), Weymouth (2B), Crimi (SS), Dwyer (P)

GEORGE WASHINGTON STARTERS:  Albright (2B), Alexander (DH), Beightol (LF), McCarthy (RF), Kalman (3B), D. Brown (1B), Marakami (SS), Parkmond (C), Hickey (CF), Staub (P)

THE BASICS: George Washington scored the game's only run in the bottom of the ninth inning, defeating VCU, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at Barcroft Park.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • George Washington (21-29, 11-8 Atlantic 10) had its first chance to score in the bottom of the second inning. Tyler McCarthy and Eric Kalman led off the inning with back-to-back singles, moving into a scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from Derek Brown. The next batter, Matthew Maurakami, tried a squeeze bunt, but it was lined right to junior Joey Cujas, who flipped to classmate Tom Crimi to turn an inning ending double play.
  • VCU's (24-24, 8-11) best chance came in the top of the seventh inning. Junior Chris Ayers led off the inning with double, advancing to second on a bunt single from Taylor Buran. George Washington stepped up the defense, including gunning a runner down at the plate, keeping the score 0-0.
  • The Colonials won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Owen Beightol led off the inning with an infield single moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler McCarthy. After an intentional walk to Kalmin, Brown singled in the infield, loading the bases. The next batter, Marakami singled just passed Cujas, plating Beightol, securing the 1-0 win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Sophomore Heath Dwyer threw 8.0 innings allowing just one run on seven hits. He was charged with his sixth lost of the season. The lone run snapped a 19.1 inning scoreless inning streak for Dwyer.
  • VCU, who had chances throughout, left 12 runners on base. George Washington only left eight men on base.
  • Ayers finished 2-for-3, with two doubles, while Buran finished 2-for-4 for VCU.
  • It was the first time this season VCU has been shutout.
  • Craig Lajeune got the final out of the top of the ninth inning, earning his third win of the season for GWU.

WHAT'S AHEAD
VCU and George Washington continue their series tomorrow, Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. The three-game set concludes Sunday, May 12 at Noon.

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