Colonials Squash Spiders in Series Finale
April 1, 2007
ARLINGTON, VA - George Washington (9-18, 2-4 A-10) jumped to an early 8-1 lead and held on for the 9-8 win over Richmond (17-11, 5-1 A-10) Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park in the third and final game of their Atlantic 10 Conference series.
GW took the early lead, and their first lead of the series, in the bottom of the second inning. Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA/Broad Run) led off with a single up the middle, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then came around to score on a double down the right field line by Chris Marsicano (Old Tappan, NJ/Bergen Catholic).
In the third, the Colonials extended their lead. After a Michael Parker (Newton, MA/Newton) single into center field, Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) smashed the first pitch he saw over the fence in right center field to give GW the 3-1 lead. For Kruer, it was his third home run in his last five at-bats.
The Spiders crept onto the scoreboard in the top of the fourth, scoring a run on a single to right center by catcher Evan Stehle.
The Colonials exploded for five runs in the bottom half of the fourth, extending their lead to 8-1. After Marsicano led off with a single into right field, Gavin Swanson (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall College HS) followed with a walk. A double-play ground out gave GW a runner at third with two outs. Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ/Wall) began the scoring, roping a single into left field to plate Marsicano. Tom Zebroski (Port Washington, NY/Paul Schreiber) walked and then executed a double-steal with Shupin to put runners at second and third for Michael Parker, who promptly drove them both in with a double to left-center.
After a Kruer intentional walk, freshman designated hitter Curtis Eward (Oak Hill, VA/Oakton) crushed a double off the wall in center field that drove in both Parker and Kruer.
Richmond began chipping away at the Colonial lead in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs on Vince Riggi's double down the left-field line. The Spiders added two more in the sixth to draw within three runs, 8-5.
In the bottom of the seventh, GW added what proved to be the game-winning run. With Marsicano on first base, Tim Reeves (Cumming, GA/North Forsyth) slugged a fly ball into right-center field. The two Richmond outfielders collided, letting the ball drop free as Marsicano came all the way around to score.
Faizan Choudhry (Langley, BC/Langley Secondary) pitched well in relief for the second day in a row, allowing just one hit while striking out two in two inning of work. Pat Lehman (Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn) entered the game in the top of the ninth inning to preserve the GW win. The hard throwing right-hander made it interesting, walking two batters and allowing three runs to score, but in the end, he managed to pitch his way out of a bases-loaded jam to secure the win and hand Richmond their first conference loss of the season.
GW starting pitcher, Scott Swinson (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) picked up his third win of the season (3-3), pitching the first six innings while striking out four batters. Richmond's Alex Hale (3-2) was tagged with the loss.
Shupin's two stolen bases this weekend gave him 54 for his career, and moved him into sole possession of sixth place all-time at GW. He was previously tied with current Baltimore Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo (1970-72).
George Washington plays host to Towson on Tuesday, April 3, at 3:00 p.m., at Barcroft Park.
Game Notes: With the win, GW improves to 35-54 all-time against Richmond ... today's win put a stop to GW's six-game losing streak ... Charlie Kruer finished 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored ... Michael Parker was 3-for-5 with two runs drive in and two runs scored ... Parker leads the team in eight different offensive categories, including SLG% (.646) and OBP (.402) ... Chris Marsicano was 3-for-3 with an RBI and he scored two runs.
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