Enter sophomore Clayton Anderson, another interesting study for the Patriots who Campbell said has shown flashes of greatness at the plate.
He hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning to score the game's first run and hit a three-run homer in the third for a 4-0 GW lead. His fourth-inning double produced two runs and he completed his day with a catch in right field where he had to run from the gap in right center to the foul line near the GW batting cages.
Anderson has been moved around the lineup, but has experienced most of his success at the No. 3 spot. In eight games batting third, Anderson is batting 7-of-21 (.333) with both of his home runs and 16 of his team-high 19 RBI.
His plate approach, Anderson said, has him more relaxed, which has helped him produce. He has hit safely in five of the last six games, after going hitless in six of the first nine contests.
The Patriots struck out four times, but were caught looking only once. Anderson's sacrifice fly was on a 3-2 pitch.
"We preach it all the time," Campbell said. "When we hit in the cage, we call things out, like 'hit and run, hit the other way, drive him in from third, hit with two strikes, hit with a 3-2 count.'
"You have to understand the game. When you're in the batter's box, it's not just wail away all the time. Know the situation, do what you have to do to produce runs. It's not easy."
For the pitcher's part, GW starter Tanner Sorrells battled through some tough innings and a questionable fair call on a ground ball down the right field line to pitch a complete game and earn his fourth victory of the season.
He had eight strikeouts and three walks in the game, bringing his season total to 21 strikeouts and seven walks in 21 innings and an earned run average of 1.33.
John Bellomy had a triple and two RBI for Winfield, Bryan Bosley doubled in a run and Isaac Withrow contributed a run-scoring single. However, the No. 8 and No. 9 batters for Winfield were 1-for-5 with four strikeouts.
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