Baseball Wins With Late Rally Against George Mason, 7-6
Four Runs Scored in Last Two Innings for Ninth Straight Win
April 23, 2002
FAIRFAX, VA - The Colonials rallied for a 7-6 victory in 10 innings over George Mason in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Raymond H. "Hap" Spuhler Field. George Washington sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) drove in three runs in the final two innings, including the game-winner in the 10th. The win marks GW's ninth straight to improve to 28-13, while George Mason lost its second straight contest as it fell to 22-20.
The Colonials took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) led off the game with his second home run of the year. George Mason senior Brian Anderson answered with his seventh home run in the second and, after George Washington scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth, the Patriots scored four runs in the bottom of the frame for a 5-2 lead. Sophomore Bruce Baldwin drove in the first run with a double, senior Adam Shorts brought home the second with a sacrifice fly and freshman Matt Cooksey and sophomore Jeff Palumbo had run-scoring singles to cap the inning. The Colonials made it 5-3 in the fifth as senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus) scored on a throwing error, but Mason pushed the margin back to 6-3 in the bottom of the inning as sophomore Kyle Barrett singled and scored on a single by junior Mike Taylor. The score remained the same for three scoreless innings when the Colonials fought back. Trailing 6-3 heading into the top of the ninth inning, George Washington junior tri-captain Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) led off with a single and scored as Fertitta drilled a two-run home run, his seventh of the season, to straight-away center field. Freshman Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) tied the score on the next pitch as he hit his fourth homer of the year to right field. In the 10th, Bassett led off with a double and scored one later on a single by Fertitta.
Senior lefthander Mike O'Connor (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. St. Joe's) earned the victory for the Colonials with two solid innings in relief, while junior Todd Simo took the loss for the Patriots.
George Washington will visit Towson Wednesday, April 24 at 3 p.m. The Colonials will then host Richmond over the weekend, April 27 and 28, for an Atlantic 10 Conference tri-series starting at noon on both days.
Next Man Up
The rush of emotion surprised Mark Osis. From his spot in center field, the GW senior watched teammate Steven Barmakian navigate the fence down the right...
Kobos Named A-10 Co-Pitcher of the Week
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Washington junior pitcher Will Kobos has earned Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the Week honors after his heroic relief appearance on...
Baseball Rallies Past SLU to Clinch Postseason Berth
SAINT LOUIS - Needing a win on the final day of the regular season to clinch a berth in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship, the George Washington baseball...
Baseball Falls in Opener at Saint Louis
SAINT LOUIS - The George Washington baseball team got on the board first in Thursday's series opener at Saint Louis, but the Billikens scored seven...
Baseball Heads to Saint Louis to Wrap Regular Season
LEADING OFF: The George Washington baseball team heads to the Gateway City this weekend to wrap the regular season with a three-game series at Saint Louis....
Baseball Student-Athletes Become First Graduates of Class of 2018
Inside the intimate Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater at the Marvin Center, nine George Washington baseball student-athletes made history as the first official...
Seniors Power Baseball to Win Over VCU in Series Finale
ARLINGTON, Va. - Playing their final regular-season game at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park, and needing a win to be in a position to control their own...
Baseball Topped by VCU in Game Two
ARLINGTON, Va. - Three Colonials posted multiple-hit efforts, but the George Washington baseball team was topped by VCU, 6-2, in Saturday's middle game at...