GW Baseball Splits a Pair with St. Bonaventure
Colonials Win the First Game of the Doubleheader 4-2, Drop the Second 6-4
April 9, 2005
ARLINGTON, VA - The George Washington University baseball team (17-11, 2-3 A-10) defeated St. Bonaventure University (12-11, 2-5 A-10) 4-2 in the first game of an Atlantic 10 doubleheader Saturday afternoon but lost the second game 6-4 at Barcroft Park.
Colonials' starter RHP Derrik Lutz (Grantville, PA / Lower Dauphin) (3-0) retired the game's final 13 batters and overall allowed two runs on five hits and struck out eight in a seven inning complete game victory.
Game two saw GW first baseman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD / James H. Blake) smack two home runs (8,9), produce three RBIs and score twice, only to have the Colonials surrender a 4-3 lead in the six inning when Bonnies' designated hitter Joe Rizzo connected on a two-run home run to give SBU the victory.
GW trailed 2-1 after three innings in game one but designated hitter Bill Simpson (Old Westbury, NY / South Carolina) tied the contest with an RBI ground out in the fourth inning. RBI singles from Roberson in the fifth inning and a leadoff solo home run from centerfielder Matt Owens (Fayetteville, PA / Fayette County) (2) in the sixth carried the Colonials to their 4-2 win.
Each team cracked a first inning two-run home run in game two as Bonnies' centerfielder Brian Pellegrini did it in the top half and Roberson did it in the bottom half to set the score at 2-2.
GW made it 3-2 in the fourth inning when Roberson led-off the frame with his second home run of the game.
After SBU tied the game on ninth place hitter Matt Agostinelli's first home run of the season, the Colonials took a 4-3 edge when second baseman Tom Shanley (Standfordville, NY / Pine Plains) singled in catcher Joe Michalski (Elliott City, MD / Mt. Hebron).
GW reliever RHP Nate CasaGrande (Bridgewater, NJ / College of New Jersey) (2-2) gave up the deciding home run in the game and suffered the loss.
Bonnies' starter Eddie Williams (1-1) allowed four earned runs in five inning and took the win. Pellegrini moved from centerfield to the pitcher's mound in the sixth inning and threw two scoreless innings to pick up the save (5).
The third and final game of the A-10 series is set for Sunday at 12:00 pm.
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