Colonial Baseball Squanders Late Rally, Falls to GSU 9-8
Feb. 19, 2005
STATESBORO, GA - Trailing 8-3 in the top of the eighth inning, George Washington University (2-1) scored five times to tie the game 8-8 only to have Georgia Southern University (1-4) scratch out a run in the bottom half of the frame to defeat the Colonials 9-8 Saturday afternoon at J.I. Clements Stadium.
GW used four consecutive two-out singles, followed by a three-run home run from left fielder Josh Goldberg (Albany, NY / Albany Academy) (1) to overcome the five-run deficit and even the game at eight in the eighth inning.
But centerfielder Coco Payne delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to hand the lead, and eventually the game, to the Eagles.
"It was disappointing to make a come back and fall short," GW head coach Steve Mrowka said. "But it was a good battle. I was proud of the guys."
The Colonials fell behind 5-0 after two innings and came as close as 6-3 in the top of the seventh before the Eagles extended their lead to 8-3 in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back RBI doubles from second baseman Brett Pelfrey and left fielder Jason Hurst returned the five run lead to GSU.
In the second inning, the Eagles loaded the bases with no outs before catcher Flint Wipke doubled down the left field line to drive in two. Back-to-back RBI singles followed and GSU took the early 5-0 lead.
Eagles' starter LHP Everett Teaford kept the Colonials in check for most of his 7.2 innings of work, striking out nine including six in the first three innings. He was in line for the win when GSU's bullpen surrendered the lead in the eighth.
GW right fielder Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA / Newman / Tulane) doubled and scored in the fourth inning and then connected for a solo home run (2) in the sixth to keep the Colonials in the contest, 6-2.
GW freshman Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA / Broad Run) came off the bench and made it a 6-3 game in the seventh inning when he lined the first pitch he saw in his college career into the right field gap for an RBI double.
Abokhair came through again in the eighth inning, keeping GW's two-out rally alive with an RBI single.
Junior RHP Josh Wilkie (Alpharetta, GA / Chattahoochee) started for the Colonials and allowed four earned runs in five innings. Reliever Dan Pfau (0-1) (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) was touched up for three earned runs in 2.1 innings and took the loss.
Steve Cogswell (1-0) closed the door for the Eagles in the ninth inning, striking out two batters and earning the win.
Prior to the game, GSU honored its all-time winningest head coach Jack Stallings with a brief ceremony where they officially dedicated the field in his name. Stallings coached the Eagles from 1976 to 1999 and posted an 858-581-5 record.
The final game of the three-game series between GW and GSU is Sunday beginning at 12:00 pm.
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