Freshman Derrik Zeroski led the Dukes' offense - he went 4-for-4, took a walk, stole a base, drove in two runs and scored four times. Sophomore Andrew Heck was 3-for-5, with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.
Freshman Derek Lefever hit his first home run of the season, a two-RBI shot to left in the eighth inning.
Duquesne is now 10-31, 5-11 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
George Washington opened the game with a quick, 2-0 lead which Duquesne, just as quickly, tied during their first at-bat. The Dukes added three in the second, two in the third and another pair in the fourth for a 9-2 lead.
GW scored twice in the sixth and eighth but gained no advantage as the Dukes tallied two in the bottom of each frame.
Brandon Kelliher led the Colonials offense with three hits in five at-bats, had three RBI and scored twice. Two GW players each had two hits.
Starter Michael Boyden (1-3) gave up five runs in 1 2/3 innings and was charged with the loss. The Dukes scored off each of GW's three relievers. GW is now 18-24, 7-9 in league action.
All runs scored in the game were earned.
The three-game series decider is Sunday, April 26, 2009, at 12:00 noon on Duquesne Field in the Pittsburgh suburbs.