Baseball Hit Hard By Richmond Dropping Game Three To The A-10 Rivals, 12-1
May 3, 2003
RICHMOND, VA -- The Colonials dropped game three against No. 14 Richmond on Saturday, 12-1 after losing the first two by only one run each. GW managed a run in the seventh inning when pinch hitter Tony Dokoupil scored on an RBI from Chris Barry. Ryan Roberson had two of the Colonials four hits on the day. GW falls to 30-15 overall and 7-8 in the Atlantic 10.
GW scored in the seventh inning courtesy of a senior combination. Chris Barry scored fellow senior Tony Dokoupil on a ground out to the first baseman. Dokoupil pinch hit for Anthony Raglani in the seventh and reached base on a walk. He advanced to second on Ryan Roberson's single to right and then moved to third on a fielding error by the left fielder on the play. Dokoupil has now played in 193 games for GW which is ninth all-time. Travis Crowder has played in 192 games and is tied for 10th all-time at GW.
Tom Shanley collected the Colonials first hit in the top of the fourth inning with a single up the middle off of Richmond senior starter Mike McGirr. Shanley, a freshman shortstop, is leading the Atlantic 10 in batting average with a .409 mark. Roberson knocked a hit up the middle to start the fifth inning but was picked off by McGirr when he was caught leaning towards second. Roberson hit another single in the seventh which helped to move Tony Dokoupil into scoring position. Travis Crowder singled to leftfield in the top of the sixth for his 202nd career hit, seventh all-time at GW.
Colonials pitcher Josh Wilkie lasted only one and a third of an inning as Richmond jumped to a six run lead on six hits. Wilkie did have three strikeouts but was on the wrong side of a contriversial call in the first. The second Richmond batter, David Reaver, hit a rutine ball to shortstop Tom Shanley who double clutched and threw high to first base. GW first baseman Ryan Roberson made an athletic play to apply the tag on Reaver but the umpires said that he had beaten the ball out.
Dan Pfau entered the game with one away in the second and retired the next two batters to stop the bleeding. Pfau got out of a jam in the third after two batter reached base. Tom Shanley made a nice play on a slow roller and Roberson picked the throw out of the dirt for the second out before Pfau got Reaver to pop out to first. The freshman lefty would retire the side in order in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Paul Garner entered the game to pitch the bottom of the fifth inning. Garner promptly struck out the first batter, Michael Gilligan before giving up a single to David Thomas. Garner would, however pick off Thomas at first and get Adam Tidball to pop out to second. Garner gave up two runs before Dennis Gramolini entered the game for the Colonials. Gramolini got an inning-ending ground out on his first pitch. Gramolini pitched two outs of the seventh inning but gave up a two-run home run to Adam Tidball on Richmond's senior day. GW reliever Avi Rasowsky entered the game to get the final out of the seventh. Rasowsky gave up two unearned runs in the bottom of the eight as the Spiders extended the lead to 12-1.
The Colonials will play on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week but it is not yet clear who the opponent will be. They are scheduled to play Coppin State and Towson but may yet play a series against Temple to make up for the rain outs earlier in the year. GW will end its regular season with a three-game homestand against Dayton next Saturday and Sunday.