Fordham Sneaks by GW Baseball
March 24, 2007
ARLINGTON, VA - George Washington (8-13, 1-1 A-10) lost their 3-1 lead, and then the game against Fordham (8-8, 1-1 A-10) by a final of 6-3 in eleven innings Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
With the score tied at three, Fordham scored three runs in the top of the eleventh, capped by John Mollicone's two-out, two-RBI double down the left field line. It was the second straight game between these two teams that has required extra innings to produce a final score. GW defeated Fordham 7-6 in 10 innings on Friday. For the Colonials, today's game marked their third extra-inning game in their past four contests, and the fifth this season.
Fordham opened the day's scoring when Bobby DiNardo led off the top of the second inning with a solo home run (5) to left field. George Washington quickly responded, tying the game at one in the third, when Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ/Wall) led off with an infield single, advanced to second on a balk, moved over to third on a Tom Zebroski (Port Washington, NY/Paul Schreiber) sacrifice bunt and then came around to score on Michael Parker's (Newton, MA/Newton South) groundout to second base.
The Colonials added a run in both the fifth and sixth innings. In their half of the fifth, Whitey Wallace (Syracuse, NY/Phillip Exeter Academy) reached on a fielding error by the Fordham shortstop and then moved over to third on Curtis Eward's (Oak Hill, VA/Oakton). Two pitches later, Eward got himself into a rundown between first and second, but avoided being tagged out long enough for Wallace to score from the third.
In the bottom of the sixth, Chris Marsicano (Old Tappan, NJ/Bergen Catholic) drew a leadoff walk and then advanced to third when Gavin Swanson (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall College) doubled down the right field line. Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA/Broad Run) followed with a single through the right side that plated Marsicano for the 3-1 GW lead.
The Rams pieced together three walks and one hit to plate two runs and tie the score at three in the top of the seventh. The game remained tied until the eleventh, when Fordham scored their runs.
For GW, this was only their second loss ever to Fordham, the first defeat coming in the 1998 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. The Colonials are now 13-2 all-time against the Rams.
Fordham starter Javier Martinez (3-2) battled all day to earn the win, walking eight and striking out three in 10 innings of work. Ryan Welch pitched the final inning and picked up his first save of the season.
Pat Lehman (Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn) suffered the loss. The sophomore (2-3) surrendered the final three Fordham runs.
Offensively, GW recorded just five hits, equaling their game-low this season. Freshman Curtis Eward was the only batter to record two hits as he extended his hitting streak to nine game.
The two teams will complete their three-game series Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
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