Baseball Faces Heartbreak In Second Consecutive 11 Inning Game, Losing 3-2 To Kentucky
Feb. 16, 2003
After winning an 11 inning thriller on Friday night against tournament host Stetson, the Colonials lost in 11 to Kentucky, 3-2. GW had opportunities but could not score in extra frames despite having the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning. Kentucky scored the game winner in the top of the 11th inning when senior Russ Rutherford drilled a first-pitch fastball to the wall in left-center field to score Brad Pickrell from third base.
Kentucky freshman Rob Bland (1-1) earned the win while the loss was issued to GW junior Dennis Gramolini. Bland shut down the Colonials in the bottom of the tenth inning by stiking out Ryan Roberson and Joe Michalski with the bases juiced.
The Colonials had two strong pitching performances from starter Dan Sullivan and freshman reliever Josh Wilkie. Both pitched five innings and gave up only three hits while issuing no earned runs. Wilkie struck out six batters in his collegiate debut while Sullivan had two strike outs on the night. Kentucky starter Seth Stanley was solid, striking out nine batters in six innings, while allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits. Stanley retired nine in a row at one point, recording five strikeouts. Gibson came on in relief of Stanley for Kentucky and threw three-and-one-third shutout innings, giving up only two hits and striking out four.
George Washington got on the board first in the bottom half of the first inning on double from Chris Barry and a RBI single by Anthony Raglani. Kentucky answered with two in the second, capitalizing on three Colonial errors. The Colonials are still shaking off the early season rust in the field having committed six errors in the first two games. GW tied the contest at two in the fifth when Joe Michalski scored from third base on a wild pitch from Stanley.
The Colonials will enjoy their last contest in Florida against hometown rival Maryland at 11:00 am on Sunday. GW will return north after opening the season at the Stetson Invitational in DeLand, Florida.