Baseball Battles Back To Win 13-12 Over Marist On Brad Rosenblat's Walk-Off Home Run
Colonials, Down By As Many As Seven, Win On A Two-Run, Two-Out Home Run
March 21, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - Brad Rosenblat entered the game as a pinch hitter and accounted for four RBI including the game-winning walk-off home run to help the Colonials comeback from a seven-run deficit. Rosenblat's two-run, two-out, two-strike home run in the bottom of the ninth inning launch GW to a 13-12 victory over Marist in the third and deciding game of the series. GW improves to a winning record while Avi Rasowsky earns his first win in three scoreless innings with five strikeouts.
The Colonials (11-10) battled back scoring eight runs in the final three innings to topple Marist (3-12) with their last swing of the bat. Marist scored 11 runs over the first four innings before GW's comeback victory at Barcroft Park. GW was aided by timely home run blasts and gusts of wind at Barcroft Park to win the series with two games in the Colonials first-ever series with the Marist Red Foxes.
Rosenblat was the hero for GW with four RBI after entering the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. Rosenblat went two-for-two with a double and a home run for four RBI and one run. The junior drove in the final two runs of the Colonials five-run seventh inning when he hit a bases loaded double to center field which drove in Anthony Raglani and Ryan Roberson. Then in the bottom of the ninth inning after Jeff Fertitta walked for the second time with two outs in the final inning, Rosenblat came to the plate in position to cross the plate with a victory. He responded by drilling the 2-2 delivery to left center field for a walk-off home run. His fourth home run of the year was a wind-aided Barcroft special.
Avi Rasowsky was superb in relief for GW in his first win of the season. Rasowsky shut down a Marist team that brought their bats exploding for 17 hits on the day including five runs in the first inning alone. Rasowsky entered the game with a man on second and no outs in the bottom of the seventh. The junior would allow only one more hit in the final three innings of play, opening the door for a Colonials comeback. Best of all, Rasowsky struck out the final five batters he faced firing up GW's faithful and extinguishing the Red Foxes offensive prowess. The Colonials closer was also assisted by a dazzling defensive play from Mickey Shupin. After getting Marist's leadoff hitter to line out to the shortstop, Rasowsky ended the inning on a breathtaking double play. Shupin made a diving catch over his left shoulder on a ball that was hit into shallow right field. Not only did he lay-out towards the outfield to reel in what would ordinarily have been a single but he popped to his feet and threw out the man at second to complete the double play and end the inning on a timely, big-time big league play.
Shupin's play triggered the momentum change that GW was waiting for. The redshirt freshman was the leadoff batter in the Colonials half of the seventh and started things off with a base hit single that dropped safely between the pitcher and shortstop for his second hit of the day. On the very next pitch, Matt Owens went deep to left field driving in two on his team-best fifth home run of the year. Tom Shanley was hit by a pitch and then Raglani walked on five pitches. Roberson then singled to load the bases for his second hit of the day. Marist made a pitching change and Peter Fuller hit Anthony Smith with a 1-2 pitch pushing a run across home for Smith's third RBI. Smith would be called for interference on the next play as Joe Michalski grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. The interference call negated GW's run as Raglani and Roberson would be forced to return to their bases. The taste of despair was washed away quickly when Rosenblat's double brought GW within two, 12-10.
With the victory, the Colonials improve to a winning record for the second time this year. GW is 7-0 when wearing their gold jerseys and needed every inch of luck in their come from behind victory. Starter Dan Pfau dodged a bullet and remained a perfect 9-0 all-time at George Washington. The sophomore struggled through two and a third innings giving up 10 hits and nine runs although only seven where earned. Derrik Lutz entered in the third for his eighth appearance of the season and kept the Colonials close, allowing three runs on six hits through three and two-thirds of an inning. Rasowsky who gave up no runs and only two hits in his three appearances this week entered the game in the seventh inning and pitched the rest of the way deservedly earning his first win of the year. Rasowsky has 10 appearances so far this year for GW and needs just 10 more to enter GW's all-time list with 50 as a junior.
The Colonials play two midweek games at Barcroft Park at 2:30 pm when they take on Delaware State on Tuesday and Norfolk State on Wednesday. The Colonials are in the midst of a 14-game home stand and are 4-3 through the first seven games. This year the Colonials are 9-3 at home and they are 28-6 at Barcroft Park over the last two years. GW enters conference play this weekend with a three-game series against Massachusetts at Barcroft Park. The Colonials were beaten by UMass in the A-10 tournament last year when they lost to the Minutemen 3-1 in the second round.