Ninth Inning Rally Lifts GW Over Cleveland State, 3-2
March 19, 2005
ARLINGTON, VA - Geoff Milsom's (New York, NY / Notre Dame) ninth inning ground ball to first base scored pinch runner Gavin Swanson (Reisterstown, MD / Calvert Hall) from third and broke a 2-2 tie to give George Washington University (10-7) a 3-2 victory over Cleveland State University (2-7) Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
Colonials' designated hitter Bill Simpson (Old Westbury, NY / South Carolina) led-off the ninth with a double down the third baseline. After Swanson came in to pinch run for Simpson, centerfielder Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA / Fayette County) moved Swanson to third base with a ground ball to second. Milsom followed with the game winning RBI.
The Vikings drew first blood when third baseman Steve Chinn led-off the game with a home run (2) to put CSU up 1-0.
GW first baseman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD / James H. Blake) tied the game 1-1 in the second inning when he led-off the frame with a home run (5).
The Colonials made it 2-1 an inning later when second baseman Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY / Pine Plains) drove in catcher Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD / Mt. Hebron) from third base with a ground ball out.
Back-to-back two out fourth inning doubles from first baseman Dominic Erney and second baseman Ben Smith produced a run for the Vikings that tied the game 2-2.
GW starter RHP Josh Wilkie (Alpharetta, GA / Chattahoochee) was effective in his 6.2 innings of work as he struck out five and allowed two runs. LHP Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) (3-2) relieved Wilkie with two outs in the seventh inning and did not allow a single hit as he earned the win.
RHP Matt Kaltenback was also very effective for CSU, pitching seven innings and giving up just an earned run. LHP Brandon Hewitt (0-2) served up the Colonials' winning run and took the loss.
Shanley went 2-for-4 in the contest and keeps his hitting streak alive at 14 games.
GW goes for the sweep Sunday afternoon when they play the third and final game of its series against CSU. The first pitch is set for 12:00 pm.
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