Baseball Tricks No. 18 Hatters In 11 Innings, 9-8
Colonials Win A Marathon Match-up In Florida To Open Season
Feb. 14, 2003
DeLand, Fla. -- Ryan Roberson tied the game in the ninth and hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 11th, driving in Chris Barry, as George Washington defeated 18th-ranked Stetson 9-8 Friday night as part of the Amtrak Invitational at Melching Field.
The Colonials (1-0) won their season opener while the Hatters fell to 3-2. The 4-hour and 26-minute marathon ended after Roberson drove in Chris Barry with a sacrifice fly to left in the top of the 11th inning. The victory capped off two late-inning comebacks by the Colonials.
Trailing 4-1 in the top of the seventh, George Washington scored five times to charge into the lead. A RBI-double by Tom Shanley, a RBI-single by Travis Crowder, and a three-run home run to left by Barry gave the Colonials a 6-4 lead. The Hatters evened the score in the bottom of the seventh. Brian Snyder singled to lead-off the inning and came around to score on Bryan Zenchyk's double to right center. Then with two outs, pinch-hitter Chris Cole singled home Zenchyk to tie the game 6-6. In the bottom of the eighth, the Hatters loaded the bases with one out. Pitcher Dan Pfau (1-0) struck out Zenchyk for the second out of the inning, but Andy Wilson came through with a short base hit into right field, scoring a pair of runs to give Stetson an 8-6 lead. The Colonials rallied again, scoring two unearned runs in the top of the ninth. A potential game-ending double play ball was booted by Rusty Beale, allowing Crowder to score from second. With two outs, Roberson tied the game with a RBI-single to center, his fourth hit of the game. Brandon Berlett (1-1) suffered the loss for Stetson.
In the first game of the day, Casey Gilvin went 3-for-5 to lead Kentucky (1-1) past Maryland (0-1) 6-4. Combined, the teams left 25 runners on
The Amtrak Invitational continues Saturday as Stetson hosts Maryland at 1 p.m. and Kentucky plays George Washington at 5 p.m.