Baseball Wins Back-and-Forth Slugfest With Oakland, 19-16
March 8, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington baseball established five offensive season-highs and tied three others as they defeated Oakland University by a final score of 19-16 late Saturday evening at a cold, windy and rain-soaked Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA.
The Colonials set new season marks for runs scored (19), hits (22), RBI (19), doubles (5) and total bases (33). GW had nine different players record at least one hit and one RBI, and had four players tally at least three hits. The win snapped GW's three-game losing skid and improved their record to 6-3. Oakland remains winless in the young season, 0-6.
Junior 1B Tim Reeves continued to swing a hot bat, finishing 4-for-5 with a home run (2), three RBI and two runs. The Cumming, GA, native is now hitting .567 through the first nine games of the season and is slugging .867. He has recorded at least one hit in all eight of his starts made. Sean Rockey helped to lead the offensive onslaught, as he went 4-for-6 with a double (2) and two RBI.
The game did not begin well for the Colonials, as the visiting Golden Grizzlies exploded for seven runs on five hits in the first inning, sending 10 batters to the plate. The frame's scoring was capped by a grand slam from Oakland's Dustin Joffrion, making it 7-0 before GW batters had seen a pitch.
The Colonials responded as quickly as they had fallen behind, scoring three in the first, two in the second and another two in the third to tie the game at seven. The scoring plays included a two RBI-single from Chris Holland in the first and RBI-singles from both Brendon Kelliher and Matt Boyd.
GW added to their lead with four more runs in the bottom of the fourth, scoring one on Tim Reeves' second homer of the season and two more on a double laced into left center by junior Bryan Hwang to make it 11-7, in favor of GW.
The Colonials lost that lead in the top of the sixth, however, when Oakland stormed back with five more runs, highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of Andrew Stafford. The Golden Grizzlies sent 11 batters to the plate and they retook the lead, 12-11. GW managed to tie the game at 12 in the bottom of the sixth, when junior Chris Marsicano took 1-0 pitch and crushed it deep over the fence in dead-center for his first career home run.
Oakland fought back yet again, scoring four more in the top of the seventh. After they record back-to-back leadoff doubles down the left field line, Dustin Joffrion turned on an inside pitch and deposited it over the right field fence for a two-run home run. Joffrion, the left fielder, ended the day 2-for-4 with two home runs, two walks and six RBI.
Trailing now 16-12, GW battled back one last time, as they forced across one run in the seventh and then tallied six more in the bottom of the eighth to claim the 19-16 advantage and put the game out of reach. In that six-run, game-winning rally, GW smashed five hits, including two-RBI doubles from both Charlie Kruer and Andrew Abokhair. Kruer's double, his team-leading sixth of the season, brought home the game's tying run, while Abokhair's provided the eventual game-winner.
Oakland threatened in the top of the ninth, loading the bases with just one out on a fielding error, a single and a walk, but sophomore pitcher Bobby Lucas slammed the door shut with a strikeout of pinch-hitter Dan Gilot before getting Justin Wilson to fly-out to center field to preserve the wild win.
In all, the teams combined for 35 runs on 39 hits, 36 RBI, 10 doubles and five home runs. The eight total pitchers used, four on each side, threw a combined total of 427 pitches. The game lasted four hours and seven minutes, falling just 21 minutes shy of the school record for a nine-inning game.
Bobby Lucas (2-0) ended up with the win after pitching the final two innings. He was the only pitcher, on either team, to not allow a run. Oakland's Greg Welke (0-1) was saddled with the loss. After allowing the five hits and seven runs in the first, GW starter Pat Lehman settled down and surrendered just two hits and no runs in his final four innings of work.
Due to rain and poor field conditions, the teams played just one game of their scheduled doubleheader today. They are set to play two games tomorrow, Mar. 9, beginning at 11:00 a.m., with both contests scheduled for just seven innings.