Baseball Takes First Place In A-10 West With 8-1 Win Over Richmond
April 17, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - George Washington moved into first place in the Atlantic 10 West with an 8-1 victory over conference rival Richmond at Barcroft Park. The Colonials offensive effort was led by Anthony Raglani who drove in GW's first three runs with a two-run home run in the first and a double in the third. Dan Sullivan earned his fifth win with a complete game allowing only one run and five hits.
George Washington (23-13, 8-2 A-10) moved ahead of Richmond (17-13, 5-2 A-10) in the Atlantic 10 West with the victory in game one of a doubleheader. Raglani started the scoring for GW in the bottom of the first inning when he drilled a two-run homer to right center field scoring himself and Matt Owens who had walked to open the inning. Sullivan did not allow a Richmond hit until the third inning and gave up only one run in seven innings of work. He struck out four and now leads the team with 51.
Richmond's David Thomas singled to left to start the top of the third. The Spiders then crafted a run to bring them within one of GW. John Cronin who started in right field bunted the ball towards first base and it was fielded by the catcher but the throw was high and not in time to catch him for a base-hit bunt. Leadoff hitter Bobby LeNoir was then successful in sacrifice bunting and moving both runners over a base. With one out Bryan Pritz hit a sacrifice fly to left field for an RBI scoring Thomas for UR's run.
The Colonials answered the call in the bottom of the third when leadoff hitter Owens singled through the right side to start things up. Tom Shanley singled to the shortstop who made a long throw from the hole that was not in time. With two runners on and no outs, Raglani then drove in his third run of the game with a double down the right field line. Ryan Roberson added two RBI of his own with a single to right center that scored Shanley from third and Raglani from second. After an out, Fertitta poked a single through the left side to drive in Roberson from second and put the Colonials ahead six to one.
GW scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth but both were unearned. Geoff Milsom reached on a fielding error by the first baseman and Brad Rosenblat was hit by a pitch. Joe Michalski then grounded the ball back to the pitcher who elected to throw to second in order to start a double play. His throw however sailed over the shortstops head and allowed Milsom to score and Rosenblat, who should have been out on the play, to move to third. Rosenblat would then score on Owens' single to left for the Colonials eighth and final run of the game.