GW Baseball Shocks #6 Miami With 9th Inning Comeback To Win 5-4
Feb. 27, 2005
MIAMI, FL - A three-run ninth inning, capped-off by George Washington University (5-3) catcher Joe Michalski's (Ellicott City, MD / Mt. Hebron) successful bases loaded suicide squeeze bunt, carried the Colonials to a stunning 5-4 victory over the number six-ranked University of Miami (9-3) Saturday night at Mark Light Field.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the ninth, the Colonials used a single, a hit batsman, a Hurricane miscue on a bunt attempt and two errors to tie the game at four.
Michalski then caught the entire 1,928 people in attendance, along with UM's defense, off guard with a perfect bunt down the first base side that first baseman Danny Valencia could not get to in time.
GW right fielder Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA / Newman / Tulane) led-off the wild inning by getting beaned on the back. First baseman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD / James H. Blake) then followed with a single and pinch hitter Steve Santy (Gilford, NH / Laconia) laid down a bunt that could not be converted for an out.
A slow chopper off the bat of centerfielder Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA / Fayette County) was subsequently mishandled by UM's second baseman Walter Diaz when Santy, running to second, shielded the ball. The GW run cut the Hurricanes' lead to 4-3.
The Colonials tied the game when left fielder Josh Goldberg's (Albany, NY / Albany Academy) hard bouncer to third was thrown past the catcher for another UM error and GW run.
"It was a nice win for us after a tough loss yesterday," GW head coach Steve Mrowka said. "I'm proud of the guys for responding, hanging in there and staying positive. That's the key in a long season."
The Colonial bats were virtually silent through the games first seven innings as Hurricanes' starter RHP Dan Touchet provided an extremely strong performance. Touchet did not allow a run or a walk while recording a career-high 10 strikeouts in his seven innings of work. Through the first six frames, he faced just one batter over the minimum.
GW began its comeback attack in the eighth inning when, trailing 4-0, Michalski came through with a two-run single to cut the deficit to 4-2. The catcher notched three RBIs in the contest.
LHP Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) (2-1) was terrific in relief for the Colonials, giving up just a hit and striking out three in the game's final two innings to earn the win.
The lone hit Pfau surrendered came with two outs in the ninth when right fielder Paco Figueroa launched a high drive off the centerfield wall that just missed leaving the park and ended up a triple.
Pfau then got third baseman Ryan Braun to pop out to right field to end the game.
In his first start of the season, GW RHP Derrick Lutz (Grantville, PA / Lower Dauphin) shook-off a shaky first inning and was effective in his 5.2 innings of work, allowing four runs and striking out a career high eight batters. Colonial pitching struck out 13 Hurricane batters, the most against UM all season.
The Hurricanes' loss was their first home defeat since May 16, 2004, a streak of 20 straight home wins.
The win was the first for GW against a nationally ranked opponent since it beat Tulane on Feb. 22, 2002.
The start of the game was delayed 35 minutes due to rain.
The final game of the three-game set between GW and UM is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 pm.
LHP Dan Sullivan (1-1, 10.12 ERA) will take the hill for the Colonials and RHP Chris Perez (2-1, 7.15 ERA) will go for the Hurricanes.