Baseball Sweeps La Salle In Doubleheader, 7-5, With Two-Run Seventh
May 1, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Colonials swept La Salle in conference action with a 7-5 victory in game two. The Colonials needed two runs in the top of the seventh in order to break a 5-5 tie giving Avi Rasowsky the win and Derrik Lutz his eighth save of the season and second of the day. The Colonials have now won seven straight games and the last five conference contests.
La Salle went ahead in the first inning but the Colonials answered with a run of their own in the second. La Salle scored after Rich Prall doubled and was moved to third on a single by George Hudock. Scott Gehringer drove in Prall with a single to put the Explorers ahead for the first time on Saturday. After an out in the second, Brad Rosenblat singled and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Jeff Fertitta drove in Rosenblat on an RBI double to left field to tie the score at one.
Tom Shanley put the Colonials ahead in the third on a two-run home run to left field. It was Shanley's fifth home run of the year and second in three games over three days. Matt Owens led off the inning with a single and also scored on Shanley's homer. Anthony Raglani then sat on the next pitch picking up a double to right center for his ninth of the year. Ryan Roberson walked with no outs. Raglani advanced to third on a fly out to center from Anthony Smith and Roberson stole second to put himself into scoring position after the second out. Geoff Milsom then put GW up 5-1 with a two-run single through the right side that scored Raglani and Roberson. Milsom was thrown out when he slid past second trying to advance on the throw but the first baseman cut off the throw and threw him out at second.
George Hudock hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third on an 0-2 pitch that he drove the other way for an opposite-field homer. Hodock's ninth home run brought the Explorers within three with a 5-2 score. In the fifth inning, Wilkie faced the top of the order and gave up one unearned run on two singles. Ryan Parfit singled to start the inning and moved to second on a ground out to the second baseman. Hudock reached when third baseman Roberson booted a ball for an error. Gehringer then singled to load the bases. Phil Marino hit the ball back to the pitcher but Wilkie forced out Parfit at home for what should have been the third out of the inning. Hudock scored from third on a passed ball that was only inches off the plate and popped out of Fertitta's glove behind the plate for the unearned run that made the score 5-3.
In the sixth, Parfit hit a two run home run off of reliever Rasowsky to tie the game at five. GW starter Josh Wilkie walked Mike Essery with two outs and was pulled in favor of the lefty Rasowsky. Despite giving up the tying run, Rasowsky earned the win when GW battled back for two runs in the top of the final inning. Matt Owens walked to start the inning and end the day for La Salle starter Bryan Harvey who fell to 3-2 with the loss. Tom Shanley reached on a fielder's choice which retired Owens at second. Raglani then blasted a single to center field to move Shanley to third. Roberson reached on a fielder's choice which turned into an errant throw to second from the shortstop. Rather than turning a double play, La Salle allowed Shanley to score and Raglani to move to third. RBI machine Smith then added an insurance run with a single that scored Raglani for an unearned run from third. GW's inning ended on a double play but only after they scored two to make it 7-5.