Baseball Drops Battle to Richmond, 11-10
Bitter Taste After Neck-and-Neck Final Five and a Half Innings
April 29, 2002
ARLINGTON, VA - GW fell to the University of Richmond Spiders Monday afternoon at Barcroft Park in an Atlantic 10 Conference battle for first place of the west division. The final game of the tri-series, postponed from Sunday, was marked by gusty winds and eight round-trippers. GW is now 30-15 overall and 14-4 in the A-10, while the Spiders are now 37-7 for the season and 16-2 in the conference.
After a scoreless first, the Spiders scored two runs in the beginning of the second inning on a two-run homer to left center by Brian Ruscello, to drive in Adam Tidball. Five batters later, David Reaver hit an RBI-single to score A.J. Board. GW responded in the bottom with six runs. Sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) blasted one over the left field wall to score senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus), who had singled through the right side, and junior tri-captain Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius), who doubled along the left field line. Junior Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) singled to center field to drive in senior Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/A.I.DuPont) for the Colonials' fourth run. Senior tri-captain Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) followed with a two-RBI double along the right field line. The Colonials then added one more run in the bottom of the third on a fielder's choice play. Trailing by four, the Spiders launched a come back in the top of the fourth with three home runs. John Cronin hit the first two-run homer over the center field wall to score Board, who had singled. Matt Craig soon after blasted another two-run homer to right field. Tidball scored the final run of the inning on a solo round-tripper to left. With the Richmond ahead 8-7, GW managed to regain the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Fertitta slammed his second homer of the day, 10th of the season, over the left center field wall to score Barry. The Colonials then added another run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Krimmel to score senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn), who had singled to right field. With GW leading 10-8, the Spiders managed to score a run in the top of the eighth. They added two more in the ninth on solo home runs by Chris Dolan and Michael Galligan for the final score.
Richmond reliever Tim Rice earned his fourth win of the season after pitching two scoreless innings. Andy Givens was given the save for a scoreless final inning.
The Colonials will host the George Mason Patriots on Tuesday, April 30 at Barcroft Park. The game begins at 3:00 p.m. On Wednesday, May 1, GW will visit Mount St. Mary's for a doubleheader at noon.