Baseball Halted By Hoyas With 5-4 Loss Despite A Three-Run Homer In The Ninth
April 15, 2004
BETHESDA, MD - Brad Rosenblat hit a ninth inning three-run homer but it was not enough to get GW out of a hole as the Colonials fell to the Hoyas with a 5-4 loss. Georgetown (20-20) evened their record while George Washington (22-13) dropped their second-straight while throwing five different pitchers. Rosenblat's three-run shot made things interesting but GW could not score Owens, the tying run, from second with one out in the top of the ninth.
The Colonials trailed for the entire game but came within inches of tying the score in the ninth inning. GW was down 5-1 entering the final inning when things became exciting. With things all but wrapped up Warren Sizemore Georgetown's second pitcher entered his sixth inning of work and got the first two Colonials to hit routine ground balls directly to infielders. The first ball rolled through the shortstop's legs and the second under the second baseman's glove as both Jeff Fertitta and then Geoff Milsom reached on errors. In fact Fertitta advanced to third on Milsom's grounder which ordinarily should have been a double play ball.
With runners at the corners and no one out, Rosenblat approached the plate in what would turn into an epic at bat. The junior worked the count full and then drove the 3-2 pitch the other way for a three-run home run to bring the Colonials within one run of the Hoyas. The homer was Rosenblat's seventh of the year and he earlier hit his seventh double of the game which ultimately resulted in a run although he was not credited with an RBI on the hit. With three RBI on the day Rosenblat is now fourth on the team in driving in teammates. His .575 slugging percentage place him third on the club along with his home run total which is tied with teammate Anthony Raglani.
After getting within one the Colonials were in position to strike again. After pinch hitter Mickey Shupin grounded out unassisted to the first baseman, Matt Owens roped a double. With Owens 180 feet from tying the score GW had only one out and the heart of the order coming up. Tom Shanley popped up foul to the first baseman for the second out of the final inning. Raglani then hit a looper to shallow left that was inches from being a hit. With two outs Owens was off and running and had rounded third when the shortstop made an amazing catch. He tracked down the ball near the left field line about 90 feet behind the third base bag. He then made a basket catch with his back facing home as the ball dropped over his left shoulder and into his outstretched mitt. Not only did he make the grab but also hung onto it as the left fielder approached and knocked into him. Georgetown escaped on the play to end the game.
The Hoyas had put themselves in position to win much earlier in the game by scoring three runs in the second and then adding a single run in the third and the fourth. All five runs were charged to Nick Koken who started for GW. Koken in only his second start of the season allowed five runs on six hits over his four innings of work. His downfall came by walking the leadoff hitter in both the second and the third as both runners ultimately scored marking the difference in the final score. Koken, however still has the lowest ERA on the team with a 3.08 mark this season.
Georgetown scored the first run on a groundout by Jim Supple who drove in catcher Michael Lombardi who had reached third on a wild pitch. After getting two outs, Koken gave up a two-run home run to shortstop Matthew Johnson which hugged the foul pole in left field for his first long-ball of the year. Leadoff hitter Parker Brooks scored on a single from Lombardi in the second after his leadoff walk. Supple bunted successfully to third in the third and then scored on a single by Danny Gronski.
Following Koken's departure after completing the fourth, the Colonials opened up the pen and gave four pitchers an innings worth of ink. Nate CasaGrande pitched the fifth followed by Dan Pfau in the sixth, Avi Rasowsky in the eighth and Derrik Lutz in the ninth. All four threw scoreless innings but most notable was Pfau who made his return to the mound after a knee injury sidelined him two weeks ago. Pfau needed just 10 pitches to retire the side on two strikeouts in his inning of work. Pfau struck out the first batter that he faced with a nasty back-door curveball. He then struck out the next batter on a check swing and got his third batter of the inning to line out on the first pitch.
The Colonials bats first came alive in the seventh inning when Geoff Milsom led things of with a single up the middle. Brad Rosenblat followed Milsom with a double into the left field corner which rattled around and allowed Milsom to score the whole way from first. The leftfielder was charged with an error as he misplayed the carom allowing Milsom to score with Rosenblat gleaning the RBI. Rosenblat however would be stranded at second as the next three Colonials popped up and popped out.
GW faces conference rival Richmond at Barcroft Park this weekend when the two teams play a double header on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. Both days start with games at noon. Saturday will be the Colonials annual celebration of Jackie Robinson day and a bus will shuttle fans to the game leaving the Smith Center at approximately 11:00 am on Saturday.