Arlington, Va. (Feb. 22, 2017) --- First baseman Bobby Campbell had three hits and three runs batted in and Colin Gibbons-Fly drove in two to lead George Washington to a 9-6 victory over Delaware State at GW’s Tucker Field today.
DSU trailed 7-2 before pulling to within a run in the eighth.
After winning their first game of the season, the Hornets have dropped the last three. The Colonials improved to 2-3 this season.
Austin Bentley drove in three runs, two on his first homer of the season, to lead DSU.
George Washington opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the second inning off Delaware State starter Jaylen Zielecki. The big hit in the inning was a two-run double by Gibbons-Fly to give the Colonials a 2-0 lead.
Delaware State got on the board in the fourth. Darnel Maisonet reached base on an error to lead off the inning, and Bentley followed with a two-run shot to left field to cut GW’s lead to 3-2. The homer was the third of Bentley’s career.
George Washington answered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth off Hornet reliever Hunter McVey to stretch its lead.
Campbell and Robbie Metz had run-scoring singles, while Cody Bryant produced a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth. The Colonials scored their fourth of the inning on a passed ball to open up a 7-2 lead.
Delaware State got back into the game with three runs in the seventh.
The Hornets had the bases loaded with one out when Bentley was hit by a pitch to bring in a run on his third RBI of the game. DSU scored its second run of the inning on a wild pitch and Jared Gillis singled in a seventh inning run to trim George Washington’s lead to 7-5. Delaware State had a chance for more in the inning, but left the bases loaded.
Delaware State pulled to within 7-6 on a run-scoring ground out by Kwestin Smith in the top of the eighth inning, but the Colonials tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning to close out the scorng.
GW starter Will Kobos (1-0) was the winning pitcher. He allowed three hits and two runs, one earned, while striking out eight in five innings.
Zielecki (0-1) suffered the loss for the Hornets.
Delaware State’s Terry Godfrey threw three innings of one-hit relief in the game. Godfrey has tossed 13.1 shutout innings, allowing seven hits, in three career appearances against George Washington.
The Hornets return to action with a three-game series at the Citadel this weekend. The teams will play single games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Charleston, S.C.
DSU’s home opener is Mar. 7 against Towson.