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By Max Porter, Contributing News Editor • February 26, 2024

GW rally falls short against Maryland

The GW baseball team continued its success against Atlantic 10 teams with a win over Dayton to start the week but lost a tight game to the University of Maryland.

A game at Mount Saint Mary’s College Wednesday afternoon was canceled due to rain.

The Colonials (22-20, 8-4 A-10) play a three-game home series against La Salle this weekend. The Student Activities Center will run buses from the Marvin Center’s H Street terrace to Barcroft Park for a doubleheader Saturday and a nine-inning game Sunday. The buses will leave at 11 a.m. both days for the noon starting times.

Maryland 11, GW 8

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Rob Ingwer’s strikeout on a 3-2 pitch with two runners on base in the top of the ninth inning ended the Colonials’ late rally as GW fell to Maryland Tuesday night.

The Colonials already had scored three runs in the inning on a home run by pinch-hitter Mike Bassett and came close to erasing what was once a six-run lead for the Terrapins (15-18-1).

Pitching let down the Colonials. Chris Worth started and pitched more than five sub-par innings for the Colonials. He gave up seven runs, five earned, and walked five, although he did strike out six Terrapin batters. Reliever Mike O’Connor was charged with four earned runs and seven hits in three innings.

GW’s Chris Matarese hit a lead-off home run over the leftfield fence in the sixth inning to erase what was then a 5-4 Maryland lead. But Maryland wouldn’t stay behind for long.

Worth was removed from the game with the score tied at five after he walked Maryland catcher Brian Barton and hit centerfielder Larry Long with a pitch. O’Connor relieved Worth and promptly gave up an RBI single to leftfielder Eric Beer through the right side of a drawn-in infield. The Colonials botched a rundown on the same play, allowing Long to score and giving Maryland a 7-5 lead.

The game was especially sweet for Long, who stole home in the sixth in an attempted double-steal to become the Terrapins’ all-time stolen base leader.

“It feels good, really good,” Long said after the game. “I’m really happy and relieved because I was stuck for a while, for the last six games or so.”

GW designated hitter Adam Belicic had two singles. Hard-hitting first baseman Joe Beichert went 1-for-3 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. The Colonials had 10 hits and took six walks but left nine men on base for the game.

Maryland pitcher Ray Wagner shut down the Colonials for much of his two and two-thirds innings in relief, giving up only one hit and striking out two. Maryland starter Jamie Hammond gave up five runs, four earned, in his six full innings of work.

The Colonials built an early lead by getting on the board in the top of the first inning when Dan Rouhier smacked a double off the centerfield wall for a two-run double. GW scored another run in the second inning when Tony Brown’s short pop-up into right field dropped between Maryland second baseman Jason Mohap and rightfielder Frank Valois, allowing Ted Currle to score. The Colonials led until Maryland pushed ahead at 5-4 with a three-run fifth inning.

GW 8, Dayton 1

The Colonials shelled Dayton starter Mike Kering for seven runs and eight hits in the first four and one-third innings as GW beat the Flyers (16-22, 3-6 A-10) in Dayton, Ohio. The Colonials took control early, scoring three runs in the top of the first.

Colonial starter Tom Baginski (3-4) pitched a nearly flawless game, giving up only one run and striking out eight in a complete-game victory. The only blemish in his outing was an RBI single by Dayton catcher Brooks Vogel, which scored rightfielder Brent Berigan in the bottom of the ninth.

The GW offense was led by rightfielder Mike Bassett, who hit his sixth home run of the season and knocked in four runs. Second baseman Mike Roberts added two hits for the Colonials.

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