GW Walks Home With Wild Win, 14-13, Over Hartford
March 16, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- The GW Colonials (13-4) swept Hartford (0-6) in this weekends three-game series, finding a way to come back in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Hawks 14-13 at Barcroft Park. The Colonials who have not yet lost at home, won when Geoff Milsom (New York, NY/Poly Prep) knocked in the winning run with a bases loaded single in the Colonials' final turn at the plate. With a lead change in almost every inning, the Colonials outlasted the Hawks scoring 14 runs on 14 hits. Hartford had 16 hits but could not hold on to the 13-12 lead in the bottom of the ninth after a series of walks.
Nick Koken (Basking Ridge, NJ/Immaculata) picked up his second win when GW battled back in the bottom half of the ninth inning, scoring two runs for the win. After holding the Colonials scoreless in the eighth inning, Hawks reliever Mike Mandoza walked the bases loaded to start the ninth. Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD/James H. Blake), who had doubled twice already was hit by a pitch, pushing the tying run across the plate. Roberson had five RBI on the day reaching base in some fashion all six times up. With the score tied at 13, Milsom roped a ball into left center field to drive in Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) who pinch ran for Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield).
Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) scored first for the Colonials when he hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. Raglani hit five doubles this week to go along with his first homer of the season. He also walked four times today and scored three runs for GW.
Hitting the long ball for the Hawks were second baseman Ryan Waldron and catcher Brian Eck. Waldron who went 4-for-4 in the series opener, went 3-for-6 with a single, double and home run. Brian Eck who entered the game 0-for-7, hit two home runs on the day for four RBI in his 3-for-4 effort.
George Washington now leads the all-time series against Hartford 7-0. The Colonials have run off nine-straight wins since their return from a losing series against No. 1 Georgia Tech. At 13-4, this is the Colonials' best start since the 1957 team went 19-4 including an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
GW will play at Georgetown on Tuesday at 3:00 PM and then play host to Norfolk State at Barcroft Park on Wednesday at 2:30 PM. Starter Greg Conden (4-1) will look for his fifth win against the Hoyas.