Baseball Drops Game One To Dayton, 5-4, Travis Crowder Hits His Sixth Home Run
Despite Loss, Colonials Clinch A Spot In The Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
May 10, 2003
ARLINGTON -- GW lost its first home Atlantic 10 game today against Dayton, 5-4. GW had tied the game in the fifth inning but gave up a run in the top of the seventh and final inning as the Flyers buzzed by GW. Colonials ace Greg Conden pitched his 14th career complete game and is tied with his pitching coach Dennis Healy ('96) for the sixth-most all-time. Despite the conference loss, the Colonials learned that they will advance to the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Norwich, CT next week.
Both teams registered eight hits but the Flyers just edged the Colonials in runs when they scored in the top of the seventh inning on a single by Patrick Flynn. Flynn knocked in Rory Thornton who led of the inning with a walk. Conden, however, struck out A.J. Otto to end the inning by striking out the side. Conden had six strikeouts five of which came after the fourth inning. Conden had two 1-2-3 innings, striking out the leadoff batter in the first and shutting down the Flyers in order in the sixth. The senior ace needs just three more starts to be tied for 10th in the NCAA record books for career starts by a pitcher. He has 276 strikeouts and a 35-16 record in his four year GW career.
Dayton scored first in the second with agressive baserunning and two singles. Otto singled and would score on a throwing error by leftfielder Anthony Raglani on Joe McSoley's subsequent single. Putting runners in motion cost Dayton an out when they were doubled-up to end the inning after a line out to the center fielder Chris Barry who threw to second for the force out.
The Flyers scored two more runs in the top of the third inning after two consecutive doubles by Matt McCleskey and Thornton. With runners at first and third, Dayton scored on a ground out and sacrifice fly to put them up 3-0.
Flyers pitcher Matt Miller struck out the first two Colonials in the bottom of the third for two of his eight strikeouts on the day. GW senior second basemen Travis Crowder then rocked a solo shot to rightcenter field for his sixth home run of the year. Crowder entered the year with only three home runs but has had six this season and is now tied for third on the 2003 squad. The senior's new-found power has also helped him generate runs for the Colonials and he leads the team with 46 this year. He now has 184 career runs and is just two short of tying for third all-time at GW.
The Colonials gave up a run, which was unearned, in the top of the fifth but then answered with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning. GW tied things up as the result of two walks and a hit batter which scored Geoff Milsom, Tom Shanley, and Chris Barry. Anthony Raglani (2-3) knocked in the first two with a single to left field and Ryan Roberson got a timely single to the right side for the final run of the inning. Roberson is leading the A-10 in RBI and went 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .376. He also picked up a stolen base as the designated hitter.
In the sixth, Jeff Fertitta hit a leadoff double to left centerfield and was moved to third with one out but GW could not bring the go ahead run home. They also got two runners on in the bottom of the seventh but could not get past second base.
This conference home loss was GW's first A-10 loss at Barcroft this year. The club had previously swept Duquesne, La Salle and Temple at home to go 9-0. This was only Dayton's fourth conference win as they improved to 4-18 while GW droped to 10-9. The Colonials did, however, get the good news that with losses from Temple, St. Bonaventure and St. Joseph's the Colonials will advance to the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament which will start on Thursday in Norwich, CT.