Baseball Wins Wild One, 8-7, With Walk-Off Home Run, Beating Blue Hens
April 22, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- Colonials' catcher Joe Michalski hit a walk-off home run to lead GW over Delaware 8-7. The Colonials got three runs in the bottom of the ninth to come from behind for their 25th win of the season. Ryan Roberson, who leads the Atlantic 10 in RBI, also hit a homer to lead off the final inning.
The Colonials finished the game dramatically after entering the final inning trailing the Blue Hens 7-5. GW got just the offensive jolt it needed when Roberson, the A-10 Player of the Week hit a solo home run to start the inning. This was his team-leading 7th homer and he now leads the Atlantic 10 with 49 RBI. Brad Rosenblat then kept things roling with a single up the middle at which point Delaware's starter Ryan Dulaney was pulled. Tony Dokoupil who had three hits on the day then beat out a ball back to the pitcher and reached first for while advancing Rosenblat. Geoff Milsom came up with GW trailing by one and no one out and runners on first and second. He intending to advance Rosenblat to third with a bunt but popped up to the pitcher who promptly threw to second for a quick double play. Michalski then came to a plate with the Colonials hopes resting on his shoulders. In his last at bat, he had hit a ball 400 feet to straight-away centerfield. Michalski hit a ball deep to left field that carried the whole way out to end the game with an amazing walk-off two-run home run.
The Colonials led early after scoring three runs in the second inning. Anthony Raglani started the second inning with his 12th double of the year which leads GW and is tied for fourth in the Atlantic 10. He then moved to third when Roberson singled threw the left side. Rosenblat walked to load the bases for Dokoupil. The senior answered with a two-run double to leftcenter field. Dokoupil's three hits give him 194 for his career. He is tied for ninth all-time with teamate Travis Crowder.
Despite loading the bases in the fifth with one out, the Colonials did not score again until the sixth inning when they trailed Delaware 7-3. GW scored on Raglani's fourth home run of the year a two run shot. Proving that hustle pays off, GW freshman reached base on the previous at bat by beating out a ball hit back to the pitcher.
Nate CasaGrande pitched five and one-third innings for GW giving up six runs (five of which were earned) between the fourth and sixth innings. He gave up seven hits and struck out four. Avi Rasowsky entered the game in the sixth inning and gave up a three-run homer to his second batter though two of the runs were credited to CasaGrande. Rasowsky, however, would settle down and give up only one more hit and no runs the rest of the way. Rasowsky picked up his third win in a week and now has the Colonials best record at 4-0.
The Atlantic 10 individual statistics, which were released today, revealed that several Colonials players are among the leaders. Freshman Tom Shanley begins the week with the second best batting average (.412) in the Atlantic 10. He also has the best on base percentage. Anthony Raglani now leads the conference with 37 runs while teamate Nick Koken has the most saves with five. As a team, GW has the most runs, RBI, and doubles.
After defeating Delaware for the second time this year, GW improves to 9-8 in their all-time series. The Colonials take on Delaware State in Dover, DE on Wednesday hoping to avenge the clubs loss earlier this season. GW has a home record at Barcroft Park of 11-1 with the only loss coming at the hands of Delaware State on March 25th. The Hornets won with a game-winning home run in the top of the ninth inning to claim the victory. Delaware State tilted the all-time series scale their way with the win and now lead GW 4-5. The game gets underway at 3:00 PM.