Baseball Loses Epic Battle With No. 14 Richmond, 4-3 In 10 Innings
May 2, 2003
RICHMOND, VA - The Colonials fell after 10 innings to No. 14 Richmond, 4-3, after an epic battle between the Atlantic 10 rivals. The much anticipated rematch of last years conference championship exceeded expectations as the game went three extra innings. GW starter Dan Sullivan pitched nine outstanding innings but was outlasted by Spiders ace Tim Stauffer. Sullivan struck out seven and gave up seven hits and only two runs. Freshman Tom Shanley improved on his league-leading batting average with three hits lifting his average to .413. Anthony Raglani had two clutch sacrifice flies for the Colonials.
The Colonials who were held scoreless until the top of the final inning then went ahead in the top of the ninth and the top of the tenth. Richmond would answer in the bottom of the ninth and then pick up two to win in bottom of the 10th inning. All three of GW's runs came on sacrifice flies two by Raglani and one by Geoff Milsom.
Richmond's final run came on an RBI single from A.J. Board who knocked in David Reaver for the game winning hit. The Spiders had tied the game at three in the 10th with one out when Bryan Pritz stroked a lead off single, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error by the Colonial catcher. David Reaver then hit an RBI single to knot it up with one out. Nick Koken (3-4) got the loss after striking out the firts batter of the 10th.
Tim Stauffer pitched all 10 innings and pitched 11 strikeouts without issuing a walk. The Colonials beat Stauffer in conference tournament in 10 innings last year. Stauffer appeared untouchable today through the first six innings giving up only one hit to Shanley in the first. In the seventh, freshman Matt Owens lead off with a single to the left side. Shanley then advanced Owens when he smacked the ball through the right side on a hit and run. Anthony Raglani then hit a ball deep to centerfield which stayed in the park but scored Owens from third.
Richmond jumped to a one-run lead when Pritz led off with a double to right centerfield. Reaver laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached base because of a Colonial error. Pritz moved to third on the play. Freshman Ben Zeskind sent Reaver home on a groundout for the one-round advantage. Richmond also picked up a run in the bottom of the ninth when all-time home run leader Vito Chiaravalloti hit a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2. George Washington took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 10th, scoring on another sacrifice fly.