Baseball's Barry Hits Two-Run Walk-Off Home Run As GW Wins 10-9
Colonials Defeat Fairfield In Extra Innings Of Game 1, Shanley Also Homers
March 9, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- Behind 8-1 in the seventh inning, George Washington (7-4) rallied to win on Chris Barry's (Orchard Park, NY/Canisus) dramatic extra-inning walk-off two-run home run. The Colonials came from behind twice to defeat Fairfield (0-1) in today's home opener at Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA.
The Colonials trailed the Stags by seven going into the bottom half of the final inning and miraculously tied it up triggered by Tom Shanley's (Stanfordville, NY/Bethlehem Central) first collegiate homer, a three-run shot. Shanley was 0-2 when he came to the plate with two men on in the bottom of the seventh when he blasted a shot to left-center field. The timely trotter also extended his hitting streak to 11 consecutive games. He then started the bottom of the eighth inning with a single setting up Barry's game winning blast.
After tying the game in the seventh, Colonials pitcher Paul Garner (Mandeville, LA/Mandeville) gave up a leadoff double to Fairfield's Andy Lynn. Lynn later scored on a Sal Mancuso sacrifice fly, hit off of GW closer Nick Koken (Basking Ridge, NJ/Immaculata). Koken, however, got out of the jam retiring the final three batters on outfield flies. He was awarded the win (his first to go with his two saves) when the Colonials came back in the bottom of the frame. Stags Patrick Quinn (0-1) took the loss.
Colonials' captain Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) also had a big day with three timely runs batted in. His double in the seventh brought across two, including pinch runner Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA/Fayette County) and extended the game. He was also responsible for the Colonials only run over the first six innings.
The Colonials improved to 8-0 against Fairfield in their first game at Barcroft of the year. Inclement weather has forced GW to play their first four home games, all of which they have won, at Christopher Newport University some three hours away. GW played two today against Fairfield under fair skies.