Baseball Tops Dayton, 9-3, In Game Two Courtesy Of A Seven-Run Fifth Inning
May 10, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- The Colonials and Flyers were locked up in game two of today's doubleheader until GW provided seven runs in the fifth inning to win 9-3. GW who is playoff bound with an 11-9 A-10 mark, will conclude its regular season with Senior Day scheduled for noon on Sunday. Dan Sullivan pitched a complete game victory and was the beneficiary of seven Colonials runs to seal the victory. Ryan Roberson, who leads the A-10 in RBI, knocked three runners in while going two-for-three. GW is currently the sixth seed in the A-10 tournament but could move up with one game left in the regular season.
Dayton and GW each scored two in the first inning of today's nightcap. The Flyers collected two doubles and then got a run when Aaron Hepner was hit with the bases loaded. Tom Beechem doubled and then A.J. Otto scored him with a double of his own. Beechem then hit a solo home run in the top of the second to put the Flyers up 3-2.
GW pitcher Dan Sullivan rolled from the third inning on. Over the last five innings Sullivan faced only 17 batters and gave up only one hit and a walk. He had three consecutive 1-2-3 innings to work his third win of the year in complete game fashion. The sophomore allowed three runs and gave up only five hits striking out four and walking three. This was Sullivan's first work from the hill since going inning for inning with Richomond's Tim Stauffer a week ago.
Tony Dokoupil got the start and promptly started things up for GW with a leadoff single in the first inning. Anthony Raglani would knock him in with a single and Ryan Roberson did the honors scoring Raglani on a single. GW almost tied the score in the fourth but a perfect throw from Beechem nailed Raglani at the plate after he walked, stole second and tried to score on a single by Brad Rosenblat.
With rain holding off, the floodgates would open for GW when they scored seven runs in the fifth inning. The inning started with Geoff Milsom reaching after being hit by a pitch. Then Tony Dokoupil would walk, he is now ninth all-time with 91 walks. After a pitching change from Kaleb Thomson to Craig Stammen, Tom Shanley singled to score Milsom. Shanley went 2-for-four on the day and is batting .399 this season as a freshman for GW. After a walk to senior Chris Barry, Ryan Roberson hit a two-run double to rightfield. Roberson now has 64 RBI to lead the Atlantic 10. He is hitting .376 with a .596 slugging percentage on 106 total bases. Jeff Fertitta then singled driving in Roberson. Brad Rosenblat then went yard for his fourth home run of the year to finish off the scoring for GW with a 9-3 margin.
With just one day left in the regular season, GW has clinched a spot in the A-10 tournament which will begin in Norwich, CT this Thursday. The club is currently the sixth seed but could move ahead of Xavier depending on their performance against La Salle. Xavier and La Salle will play a doubleheader tomorrow after getting rained out today. The Colonials will finish with a winning record in the Atlantic 10 and will play Dayton for the final game of the regular season at noon on Mother's Day at Barcroft Park. Sunday's game, will also honor four Colonials seniors.