Baseball On Winning Side Of 15-9 Score With A Win Over CSU In Classic Colonials Comeback
March 13, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - The Colonials needed a late-inning comeback to defeat Cleveland State 15-9 and return to .500 with an 8-8 record. CSU (1-4) went up by as many as 8-1 before GW flipped the script of yesterday to win their sixth game at home. Derrik Lutz pitched the final five and a third innings striking out seven in his first collegiate win. Anthony Smith put GW up for good in the seventh inning with his team-leading fifth home run of the year. Anthony Raglani added two homers and collected five RBI and four runs. Ryan Roberson also had four hits in five at bats.
On the Colonials first at bat Matt Owens hit a single down the left field line and advanced the whole way to third on a misplay by the Vikings right fielder. He would score on an unearned run when Smith grounded out for his first of four RBI. The Colonials did not score again until the fourth and that was after a leadoff walk to Raglani. After Roberson was hit by a pitch and both advanced on a wild pitch, Raglani scored on a ground out by Jeff Fertitta.
In the fifth inning, the Colonials were the beneficiaries of five walks including four in-a-row. After pitching three successful innings, CSU starter David Boyza issued seven walks and hit one batter. To start the fifth, Owens hit a leadoff double. After a walk to Raglani, Roberson loaded the bases with a single through the left side. Fertitta then drove in Owens with a sacrifice fly to the center fielder. Fertitta has moved into sole position of 10th on GW's all-time RBI list with 120 during his four-year career. The Colonials would then get the benefit of four consecutive walks, three of which resulted in free runs to pull within two runs of the Vikings.
Cleveland State scored their final run of the game in the top of the sixth when Lutz walked in the only run that he gave up in relief. He would get out of the jam when the Colonials rolled a double play on the next batter to end the inning. GW tied things up in the bottom of the sixth on back to back homers. After Smith singled, Raglani hit his first homer to left center. Roberson tied the game at nine on his fourth home run of the year. Roberson now has 17 career home runs and needs just five homers to make GW's all-time top 10 list.
Freshman Smith created some more late-inning heroics when his solo home run in the bottom of the seventh put the Colonials up for good. Smith now leads GW with five home runs and is hitting an amazing .444 batting average with an .844 slugging percentage. The freshman standout has 20 RBI on 20 hits in only 14 games. He is currently enjoying a five-game hitting streak and even hits when he pitches.
Dan Sullivan lasted only three and two thirds of an inning in his fourth start of the year. He struggled by giving up eight runs on nine hits. Lutz entered the game with two outs in the fourth inning and pitched well the rest of the way for the first win of his college career. Lutz allowed just four hits and one run and shut down the Vikings potent offense. He also struck out seven and has 14 this year.
CSU out-hit the Colonials 13-12 as the two teams split the series at one game apiece. The Colonials first four batters collected 11 of the teams 12 hits. GW's final five runs which all came in the bottom of the eighth were all unearned as they came with two outs after an error on the third baseman. The Colonials were also handed three of their four runs in the fifth inning on walks with the bases loaded.
The Colonials evened their record at 8-8 and are 6-1 at home this year. The team has won 25 of their last 29 games at Barcroft Park. GW and CSU will decide the series on Sunday at noon. Sophomore southpaw Dan Pfau will take the mound for the Colonials. Pfau is a perfect 8-0 in his career and leads GW's winning percentage list. GW is in the midst of a 14-game home stand.