GW Baseball Drops 6-5 Extra-Inning Heartbreaker to North Carolina
Senior Tom Zebroski goes 2-5 with a stolen base in 2010 debut
Feb. 19, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington University baseball team opened 2010 on Friday afternoon in Chapel Hill, NC by dropping a 6-5 decision in 10 innings to North Carolina. The Colonials had one-run leads in the ninth and tenth innings, but were unable to convert either save opportunity in the defeat. The Tar Heels have been a participant in the last four College World Series' in Omaha, NE, and were ranked as high as 11th in the college baseball preseason rankings. North Carolina sent ace Matt Harvey to the mound and went 5 2/3 innings while giving up three earned runs.
The Colonials sent junior Eric Cantrell to the mound at Boshamer Stadium and the right-hander threw five innings, allowing three runs while striking out four. Freshman Jeff Griffith then made his impressive George Washington debut by pitching three hitless innings and didn't allow a runner to reach base.
George Washington started the scoring in the top of the first inning when senior Tom Zebroski singled to lead off the game and moved to second when senior Chris Holland was hit much a pitch. Zebroski came around to score on a single by redshirt senior Chris Luick in his very first at-bat in a Colonial uniform.
The Colonials added to their lead when Holland led off the third inning with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch by Harvey. He came around to score on Luick's RBI double down the right field line. The Colonials added a run in the fifth on a Sean Rockey ground out and in the ninth on an RBI single by freshman Tyler McCarthy.
North Carolina responded with two runs in the third inning on a home run by Jesse Wierzbicki and a sacrifice fly by Brian Goodwin in the fifth. The Colonials held a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth before a walk by Levi Michael forced in the tying run and sent the game into extra innings.
The Colonials quickly struck in the extra frame when Holland scored on a fielder's choice by junior Brendon Kelliher to give George Washington a 5-4 10th inning lead. The Tar Heels staged their second late inning rally though by scoring two runs in their half of the tenth inning to give UNC the victory in the first game of the three-game series. Senior Bobby Lucas quickly recorded two outs in the frame, but was unable to get the elusive third out in the defeat. The teams will resume the series tomorrow when Joe Richardson makes his Colonial debut against North Carolina right-hander Patrick Johnson. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m at Boshamer Stadium.
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