March 6, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Junior Philip Brannon (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist College) tossed six innings, allowing three hits and a run in his best outing so far in his young career at USC Upstate, but Joe Richardson tossed seven innings of shutout baseball to outduel Brannon, helping George Washington take a 9-0 decision in non-conference action on Saturday at Harley Park.
Brannon (1-1) walked three and struck out three, tossing 84 pitches during his outing, with his only blemish coming in the fourth inning when Stephen Oswald hit a homer to right center. Still, Brannon lowered his season ERA to 2.00 as he took his first collegiate loss after going 8-0 at SMC.
The Colonials (5-4 overall) were able to break open the game late, as Paul Pakan hit a one-out triple in the eighth, starting a four-run rally. Brendon Kelliher had the big blow with a two-RBI single. Four more runs crossed in the ninth frame, as George Washington used three hits, two hit batters a walk to score four runs. Justin Albright had an RBI double in the inning.
Richardson kept the Spartans (7-4 overall) in check, allowing a runner to reach third base only twice in the game, getting a groundball double play in the first with the bases loaded to get out of the inning and then leaving junior Joe Barnes (Lake Orion, Mich./Grand Rapids C.C.) stranded at third in the fourth after he led off with a double. He finished the game with six strikeouts, walking two and allowing four hits before Bran Derner and Marshall Seedorff ended the game with scoreless innings.
Curtis Eward and Kelliher each posted two hits and three RBI for the Colonials and Tom Zebroski also added two hits to guide their nine-hit attack. Junior Blake Green (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) added two hits, giving him four in the series against George Washington, to pace Upstate. Freshman Brody Greer (Honea Path, S.C./Belton-Honea Path) extended his hitting streak to nine games with an eighth-inning single.
The Spartans and Colonials play the finale of their three-game set on Sunday with a 12 p.m. start.