Baseball Beats Hartford 8-6 With Walk-Off Win
March 15, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- The Colonials called on last minute heroics to pull off an 8-6 victory over visiting Hartford at Barcroft Park for the first half of today's doubleheader. GW sophomore Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD/James H. Blake) provided the magic with a seventh-inning three-run walk-off home run to cap a six-run seventh. GW was down 6-2 entering their final turn at the plate and turned it on when they needed to similar to last Saturday's walk-off win.
Most of the Colonials last inning runs were the result of walks. Hawks pitcher Kyle Valentine left the game after hitting Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron) and walking Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) to start the seventh. Joe Connolly (0-1), who got the loss, walked two more before Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) doubled, driving in two runs. Roberson came to the plate with GW still down 5-6 and promptly parked a pitch over the fence in left-center to end the game.
Raglani's double in the seventh was his second on the day and he now leads the Colonials with eight. In addition to scoring the winning run, he collected two critical RBI. Colonials catcher Michalski also had a big day at the plate, hitting his third double and fourth home run. He had two RBI and two runs. Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY/Pine Plains) extended his hitting streak to 15 games on a single in the first.
Colonials starter Dan Sullivan (Stony Point, NY/North Rockland) lasted just two innings but was aided by some great relief work from Avi Rasowsky (Glenmont, NY/Bethlehem Central) who pitched 4.1 effective innings. Rasowsky, who leads the team with a 1.59 ERA, gave up only one earned run on three hits and struck out two.
Colonials pitching scattered six runs over seven innings as the Hawks tallied nine hits. Hartford clean-up hitter Ryan Waldron went 4-for-4 including a homer run and a double as well as three RBI. Ron Acabbo who went 2-for-4 had a solo homer in the top of the seventh off of reliever David Cutler (North Brunswick, NJ/North Brunswick). Cutler earned his first collegiate win when the Colonials cameback in the bottom of the seventh to extend their winning streak to seven. GW has not yet lost a home game this year and improved to 11-4 with the win.