Ospreys win series against George Washington 2-1

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The Ospreys took down Missouri, 5-4, in game three of their series. Photo credit: Morgan Purvis

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The North Florida baseball team (2-1) won their series against the George Washington Colonials (1-2) with a 10-7 victory on Feb. 21.

The Ospreys opened the series on a sour note when they lost 7-6 on Feb. 19, however they managed to make up for it with a 2-0 shutout the next day.

In the final game of the series, the Ospreys got off to a good start in the first two innings and took a 3-1 lead. George Washington subsequently went on a five-run-rampage in the third inning and took a 7-3 lead in the fifth.

In the sixth inning, the Ospreys struck back. A bonanza of scores, including a home run by junior 3B Alex Merritt brought the Ospreys back and gave them an 8-7 lead.

“I just knew we could do that,” Merritt said. “Everyone on the team hits in big situations and when the time came I knew we’d all come through.”

After scoring two runs in the seventh and a scoreless eighth inning, North Florida had to defend their 10-7 lead in the top of the ninth.  The Ospreys opened in a big way with a double play and then defended a would be single to win the game 10-7 and win the series 2-1.

North Florida Baseball head coach Smoke Laval was happy with the results.

“We were gonna score some runs,” Laval said. “When we figured on Sunday we had a pretty good offense. [The offense] hadn’t shown up for two days and I got a little worried there. We started playing some long ball, swinging it like we were supposed to and we finally loosened up and let it go.”

The Ospreys play their next game against Savannah State on Feb. 23.

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