Baseball Falls to Delaware State, 9-8
April 9, 2002
DOVER, DE - The Colonials fell to the Delaware State Hornets on Tuesday at Soldier Field. The game was marked with three lead-changes and four GW home runs, including one round-tripper smacked by senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus). Bassett has hit 8 homers this season and recorded 51 while at GW. He now holds the GW career home run record, surpassing Joe Beichert, who slammed 50 from 1996-1999. Delaware State managed to snap a George Washington seven-game winning streak, while the Hornets have won eight-straight to improve to 24-12. GW is now 19-13 overall.
The Colonials took a quick lead, scoring three in their first at-bat. Two of their first three runs were scored on a two-run homer to left field by junior tri-captain Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius), his fourth of the season. The Hornets responded with a run in the bottom of the first and another in the third, both on sacrifice flies. With GW leading 3-2, the Colonials added a run in the fourth on a solo homer by freshman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD/James H. Blake), his second at GW. Delaware State gained the lead in the bottom of the fourth with three runs, all unearned. The Colonials answered back in the top of the fifth to the lead, 6-5, on Bassett's two-run homer over the right field wall to score freshman Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana). In the bottom of the fifth the Hornets added three runs, two on an RBI double by Scott Martin and an RBI single by Nathan Babcock. GW trailed 8-6 starting the top of the ninth when Raglani hit a two-run homer off winning pitcher Joe Brzeczek (6-2) to score junior Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) and tie the game at eight. Those were the only runs allowed by Brzeczek in three innings of relief. Malkum King hit a solo with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Hornets to their 9-8 win. King's homer over the left center field fence was the only run allowed in 4 1/3 innings by GW reliever Justin Orenduff (Chesapeake, VA/Western Branch).
The Colonials return home to face the Norfolk State Spartans Wednesday, April 10, at Barcroft Park. The game begins at 3:00 p.m.