Baseball Loses Late Lead, Falls 3-2 To Delaware State
March 25, 2003
Arlington, VA -- George Washington led Delaware State for all but the last inning in a heartbreaking ninth inning loss. With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Delaware State's Scott Martin hit a two-run home run to edge the Hornets past the Colonials, 3-2. Martin's homer just barely cleared the left field wall as GW lost by one run for the third straight day.
In an intense pitchers duel, Delaware States home run was the deciding factor. The Colonials scored first in the third inning and both sides added a run in the fifth in a game that yielded only 12 hits collectively. Colonials' freshman Josh Wilkie (2-0) pitched eight outstanding innings while the Hornets counted on Shawn Phillips for seven innings of work before Nick Bitter (1-4) earned the win with two scoreless and hitless innings. Wilkie struck out 10 over his eight innings without issuing a walk. He yielded only three hits and one unearned run in his longest start of the season.
Nick Koken (3-2) pitched the ninth inning and struck out the first batter he faced. Designated hitter Buster Hammond then singled and represented the tying run on base. After a ground out to the first baseman, Martin hit the game winner just over the fence and out of the left fielder's reach.
The Colonials scored in the third after a leadoff double from Travis Crowder, his sixth of the year. After advancing to third base on a wild pitch, Crowder scored on Chris Barry's sacrifice fly to the right fielder. Barry drove in both of GW's runs and also hit his eighth double of the year. Anthony Raglani also doubled lifting his season total to a team-high 11. Crowder now has 157 career runs, the eighth most in GW history. Tom Shanley also scored and hit in his 20th game of the year, he leads GW with a .405 batting average.
The Colonials play at Navy on Wednesday at 3:00 PM. The club returns to action at Barcroft Park this weekend when they host a three-game series against Atlantic 10 opponent Temple. GW is 16-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Games start at noon with a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.