Baseball Comes Up Short In The 9th, Falls To Saint Louis 4-3
May 6, 2006
ARLINGTON, VA - In front of its largest home crowd of the year, George Washington University (18-29, 9-9 A-10) trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the ninth inning and loaded the bases with one out but could only produce one run as the Colonials fell to Saint Louis University (25-21, 12-8 A-10) 4-3 in an Atlantic 10 Conference game Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
The Billikens jumped all over GW starter RHP Josh Wilkie (4-4) in the top of the first inning, scoring three times on four hits to open an early 3-0 lead.
But Wilkie settled down and allowed just one more run off an infield single in the sixth inning that made it a 4-1 SLU lead.
Right fielder Mickey Shupin's (Sea Girt, NJ / Wall) RBI double in the seventh inning cut the Colonials' deficit to 4-2.
After loading the bases in the ninth, left fielder Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) drove in a run on a groundout to first base that brought the Colonials to within one run, 4-3.
SLU starter RHP Ryan Bird (6-4) was solid in his 7.0 innings of work, allowing two runs on six hits. Usual starter RHP Brock Hewitt pitched the eighth and ninth innings of relief for the Billikens and worked out of the ninth inning jam to notch the save (1).
GW shortstop Michael Parker (Newton, MA / Newton South) went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored while first baseman Tim Reeves (Cumming , GA / North Forsyth) collected two hits in four at-bats.
The Colonials conclude their 2006 home schedule against SLU when the teams meet for the third and final game of the series Sunday at Barcroft Park. The first pitch is set for 12:00 pm.
GW will start LHP Dan Pfau (2-5, 4.91 ERA).
Prior to the start, the University will honor nine Colonials who will play their final home game for the Buff and Blue on Sunday.
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