Baseball Drops Below .500 With 2-1 Loss To Marist In Pitchers Duel
March 20, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - GW baseball scored only one run in support of a Colonials ace Dan Sullivan for a 2-1 loss to Marist in a pitchers duel. Sullivan did not allow an earned run in six innings but earned the loss when his teammates committed four errors en route to their 10th loss of the season.
Offensively GW could only muster one run against Marist's George Heath who allowed only five hits over seven innings in the complete game victory. He struck out 11 Colonials while issuing only two walks. GW's leadoff hitter Matt Owens was the lone Colonial to cross home when he hit his second single in the fifth inning and was scored on Tom Shanley's RBI double. Owen's who led GW with two singles was the only Colonial to advance past second during the game.
Despite effective pitching from Sullivan, Marist capitalized on four Colonials errors to score a run in the third and then the fourth inning. In the third inning, leadoff hitter Travis Musolf reached on an error on a slow roller to Colonials shortstop Geoff Milsom. Musolf then stole second on the next batter. Catching the Colonials sleeping, Musolf then took third while Sullivan was walking back to the mound. Jimmy Board drove in Musolf with a single for one of his three hits on the day. In the fourth, Marist's first batter Tyler Brock reached again on an error this time when first baseman Anthony Smith dropped an infield fly that was in his glove and then dropped out. Brock scored on a double play for the Red Foxes game winning run.
Two other GW errors put the Colonials in danger, the club allowed the leadoff batter to reach in the second when a grounder eluded third baseman Ryan Roberson. Sullivan found himself with his back against the wall the whole game when the Red Foxes were granted a free pass for the leadoff hitter in the second, third and fourth innings. In the fifth, Steve Santy dropped a foul ball for GW's fourth and final error which would have retired the side. Instead Board hit a double over Santy's head on the very next pitch.
Despite almost no offensive support, Sullivan pitched well to get out of jams. In the second he had a strike out with two runners on and another strikeout with the bases loaded and then a ground out to the first baseman. Again with the bases loaded in the third, Sullivan struck out Justin LePore with the bases loaded. All told he threw five strikeouts and now leads GW with 25. After allowing two hits in the seventh and final inning, GW went to reliever Avi Rasowsky who pitched the final three outs without giving up a hit. Rasowsky needs 11 more appearances to break into GW's all-time top 10 list as a junior while Sullivan needs 12 more appearances and eight more starts to earn the honor.