by John Vittas
The George Washington Colonials (18-10) handed No. 16 Maryland their largest loss of 2015 on Wednesday, a 12-1 defeat at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in College Park.
Wednesday’s loss marks the Terps’ first loss in College Park this season. They had won their first eleven games on campus.
The Colonials took a commanding 5-1 lead in the third inning. After an error, single and walk, GW sophomore Joey Bartosic plated two with a double to center field. Matt Cosentino followed with an RBI single before Kevin Mahala drove home another run on a fielder’s choice, capping the four-run rally.
Bartosic walked with one out in the fourth inning, chasing Maryland starter Willie Rios, who allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits on the day. Rios took the loss to drop to 1-2 on the year.
George Washington scored two more in the sixth off Jack Piekos and four runs in the ninth against Maryland sophomore Mike Rescigno, who was making his season debut and first career appearance on the mound.
There were some bright spots for the Terps despite the 12-1 loss. Kevin Martir and Brandon Lowe continued their hot hitting with two hits apiece and freshman Jamal Wade had the first three-hit performance of his young career. Wade has now started three straight games and recorded a hit in all of them. On the pitching side, Rob Galligan and Jake Drossner each turned in two scoreless innings of relief.
Maryland (23-8) will be in action next on Friday to open a three-game series against the Big Ten-leading Iowa Hawkeyes (21-7). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30pm and MBN will be on hand to bring you all the action.