Baseball's 11-Game Winning Streak Is Snapped By George Mason, 4-2
May 1, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- George Washington lost to George Mason, 4-2, at Barcroft Park on Thursday. The Patriots snapped the Colonials 11-game winning streak in the pitchers duel. Nate CasaGrande (3-2) gave up only four hits and two runs in seven and a third innings pitched. After going ahead in the bottom of the seventh, GW gave up three runs to GMU in the top of the eighth inning for the loss.
GW managed only five hits against strong pitching from Travis Hardman (4-1) and freshman Eric Gibbons who improved to 2-0 with the win. The Colonials scored two runs in the seventh inning after Ryan Roberson doubled to get on base. Chris Barry hit a single and Roberson scored after the leftfielder misplayed the ball which also allowed Barry to reach second. Barry then stole third for his 47th career steal and 11th of the season. On the steal, the catcher's throw got passed the Patriots third basebman and Barry scored his 140th career run on the error.
The Colonials, however, could not hang on to the lead. CasaGrande who had given up a solo home run in the seventh inning started the eighth but was pulled when the leadoff man reached second after a single and sacrifice bunt. Avi Rasowsky replaced CasaGrande but gave up three runs before getting two outs to end the inning. The Patriots held on for a 4-2 win after Gibbons struck out four in three innings including two in the last inning.
GW had some strong defensive plays in the game including a backward 3-6 double play in the ninth to save a run. Ryan Roberson who had previously made two nice tags for outs at first started an inning ending double play with a runner on third by getting the force out at third and then throwing to Shanley at second who applied the tag. The clutch double play helped Dennis Gramolini pitch a scoreless ninth inning. GW also kept runs off of the board in the third inning when senior captain Chris Barry snagged a line drive to keep GMU from scoring. Barry who got the start at second base pulled down what would have scored the runner from third with a 0-0 score.
Tony Dokoupil started as the designated hitter and is now tied for ninth in GW history with 192 starts. He needs one more at bat to break into GW's Top 10 for the category. The senior is also ninth all-time with 198 hits. Barry is just three runs shy of the Top 10 list.
The Colonials drop to 30-12 while George Mason improves to 27-16. GMU leads the all-time series with the Colonials 46-31. GW will now face Richmond for a three-game series with playoff implications. The conference rivals play a doubleheader on Friday at 1:00 PM and then a single game on Saturday also starting at 1:00 PM.