GW Overcomes Four-Run 8th inning Deficit to Defeat JMU in 11 Innings, 8-4
HARRISONBURG, VA - George Washington University (4-2) catcher Andrew Abokhair's (Ashburn, VA / Broad Run) 11th inning RBI single followed by a two-run home run from third baseman Geoff Milsom (New York, NY / Notre Dame) (1) broke a 4-4 tie and sent the Colonials to an 8-4 extra inning victory over James Madison University (0-1) Wednesday afternoon, spoiling the Dukes' season opener at Long Field / Mauck Stadium.
GW had trailed 4-1 in the ninth inning but rallied to tie the game after left fielder Josh Goldberg (Albany, NY / Albany Academy) connected for a two-run single.
Second baseman Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY / Pine Plains) and right fielder Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA / Newman / Tulane) led-off the ninth with back-to-back base hits. Designated hitter Bill Simpson (Old Westbury, NY / South Carolina) muscled a single into shallow centerfield to drive in Shanley and make it a 4-2 contest.
A ground out to first put runners on second and third and set up Goldberg's frozen rope single to left centerfield to drive in both base runners and tie the game, 4-4.
Goldberg's game tying two-run hit was the second time in four games he's brought the Colonials back from a late inning deficit.
JMU got on the board in the third inning when second baseman Michael Cogwill led-off the frame with a single and came around to score on a fielder's choice. Two batters later designated hitter Dan Santobianco singled home a run to put JMU up 2-0.
The Dukes made it 4-0 after manufacturing a run in the fifth inning and getting a lead-off home run from left fielder Kellen Kulbacki (1) in the seventh.
With runners on first and third in the eighth inning, the Colonials forced a balk to push across a run and set the score at 4-1.
The Dukes appeared to have the victory in-hand for a second time when they loaded the bases with one out in the 10th inning and the score tied 4-4. GW reliever LHP Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) (1-1) was brought in and quickly fell behind 3-0 on JMU right fielder Joe Lake. But Pfau battled back to a 3-2 count and was able to induce a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the jam. Pfau would earn the win.
GW starter LHP Avi Rasowsky (Glenmont, NY / Bethlehem Central) lasted four innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits. RHP Nate CasaGrande (Bridgewater, NJ / College of New Jersey) was outstanding in relief for the Colonials, striking out five batters in 5.2 innings and giving up just one run - the solo home run to Kulbacki.
LHP David Rich started for the Dukes and shutout the Colonials in his five innings of work, allowing just three hits and walking one. Travis Risser (0-1) surrendered five runs, four earned, in 2.1 inning of relief as he suffered the loss.
GW travels to South Florida this weekend for a three-game series against the seventh-ranked University of Miami Hurricanes at Mark Light Stadium. The first game is set for Friday night at 7:00 pm.