Baseball's Seesaw Game With Monarchs Ends In 6-5 Loss Despite Late Lead
Feb. 25, 2004
NORFOLK, VA - George Washington baseball fell to Old Dominion 6-5 after a hard-fought fight which featured several lead changes. GW went ahead in the top of the ninth inning when Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA/Fayette County) hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot to right field that put the Colonials up by one. The Monarchs (4-3) scored two in the bottom half of the final inning to win 6-5, handing the Colonials (1-4) their fourth loss in five games.
The Colonials jumped ahead first for the first time this season when Owens hit a single back at the pitcher and was scored two batters later when Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) singled to right scoring Owens from second. After ODU answered in bottom of the second, GW scored two in the fourth after leadoff walks to Raglani and Roberson. Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA/Tulane) knocked Raglani and came alive for two hits in the game. Freshman Anthony Smith (Katonah, NY/ John Jay) had an RBI on a sacrifice fly and collected a run and a hit later in the game.
Old Dominion went ahead for the first time in the bottom of the fifth inning off of a two-run home run from Derek James. Otherwise Colonials starter Josh Wilkie (Alpharetta, GA/Chattahoochee) pitched well for his six inning start. The sophomore had three strikeouts and allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits with no walks. The loss went to Derrik Lutz (Grantville, PA/Lower Dauphin) for his second of the season. Lutz retired the first four batters he faced before giving up two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The first run scored on a passed ball on a pitch that was a swung on strike. The game-winning single from Old Dominion's cleanup hitter was just out of the reach of the Colonials right fielder Raglani.
While GW took the lead going into the final inning on Owens' home run, the Colonials had several other scoring chances late in the game. In the bottom of the seventh Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD/James H. Blake) was thrown out at the plate from left field to end the inning. In the eighth, GW had the bases loaded and no outs and could only muster one run with the top of the lineup batting. Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY/Pine Plains) drove in the lone run with a sacrifice fly to score Smith.
"We are not good enough yet to make up for the small mistakes that we are making" said coach Walter after the game. Mistakes again hurt the Colonials as the Monarch's scored as a result of a passed ball to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth and on a throwing error from the catcher to tie the game in the fourth. In fact, the game-tying run reached base as the result of a throw in the dirt from GW's shortstop.