Baseball Sweeps Dayton With 8-6 Win On Four-Run Ninth Inning
April 26, 2004
DAYTON, OH - George Washington squeaked out a sweep of Dayton courtesy of a four-run ninth inning to win 8-6. Ryan Roberson hit his second double and fourth hit in the ninth inning to score Anthony Raglani for the game-winning run with two outs in the ninth. Raglani reached on a two-run single to tie the game with two outs in the final inning. Avi Rasowsky got the win and Derrik Lutz earned his sixth save.
The Colonials (28-14, 12-3 A-10) came back in the top of the ninth inning scoring all four of their runs with two outs to defeat Dayton (17-22,6-9 A-10). Geoff Milsom pinch hit to start the inning and drew a leadoff walk. After an out, leadoff man Mickey Shupin singled through the left side advancing Milsom to second. Tom Shanley, whose hitting streak ended at 12 games then grounded out to the shortstop but advanced both runners moving the tying run to second base. With two away and down by two, Anthony Raglani hit a two-run single to right field to knot the game at six. Roberson then slapped his second double of the day to right center which scored Raglani from second for the go-ahead run. Brad Rosenblat also singled to right driving in Roberson for the Colonials eighth and final run.
Rasowsky pitched the final out of the eighth inning and was the pitcher of record after striking out the only batter that he faced. Rasowsky's record improves to 4-1 this season and is 9-5 in his career appearing today for the 49th time. The junior needs just one more appearance and one more victory to make GW's all-time lists for appearances and winning percentage five more wins would put him on the all-time victories list despite being just a junior. Lutz pitched a scoreless ninth allowing just one hit and striking out one. Lutz, a freshman earned his sixth save tying him for seventh all-time at GW and making him eligible for the NCAA leaders list.
Kyle Lindsay picked up the loss for Dayton. Lindsay (4-2) took the loss after relieving starter Jerry Blevins in the seventh with a 4-4 score. Blevins pitched well in 6.2 innings, scattering six hits and two earned runs with eight strikeouts and three walks.
As it turns out, Anthony Smith who started for the Colonials was just one out away from earning his sixth victory for GW. He was pulled with two outs in the eighth after pitching seven and two thirds of an inning. Smith got the first two Flyers out in the eight before walking Kris Kemmer. Junior Brandon Godzik then put Dayton up for the first time since the fourth inning with a two-run homer to right field. Smith allowed six earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four.
Following a scoreless first, both teams got on the board in the second. GW took the early advantage with a pair of unearned runs, after a leadoff double by Roberson. The Flyers answered with four of their own in the bottom of the inning and took their first lead of the weekend. Kemmer got things rolling with a one-out double to the right-centerfield gap. Then with two outs, consecutive hits - doubles by Nick Ferralli and Mike Massa and a single by Nick Bohnenstiehl - would plate all four runs.
The Colonials tied things up in the top of the fourth scoring Roberson who had singled and Rosenblat who was hit by a pitch. Bill Simpson doubled in Roberson and Rosenblat scored on an RBI ground out by Joe Michalski. Dayton got two runners on with no outs in the bottom of the fourth but Smith got the next three batters out in order to end the threat and keep the score tied at four after four.
Monday's game was rescheduled from Sunday due to rain and it started at 8:30 am, the earliest start ever for either team due to Dayton's final exam schedule. GW sweeps its second series in A-10 play and has won all five conference series this season. The Colonials are in first place in the Atlantic 10 West with a conference record of 12-3. This is GW's best conference start since 2002 when the team went 14-2. GW also had a 13-2 conference record during the 1998 season. This year's conference start is now tied with their mark in 1992 before the team finished 12-5.