Baseball Beats Dayton, 9-8, With Senior Leadership And An Eight-Run Eighth Inning
May 11, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- The Colonials won their final regular season game, 9-8 over Dayton at Barcroft Park as the result of an incredible eight-run eighth inning. On Senior Day, captain Chris Barry closed out his career at home with style, providing a game-winning three-run double off the wall to put the Colonials up by a run in the bottom of the eighth. Dan Pfau pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the year and Nick Koken picked up his fourth win. GW's seniors batted in the first three spots of the lineup and collected seven of the Colonials 15 hits. GW is now playoff bound as the sixth and final seed out of the Atlantic 10 West Division. The Colonials will face three seeded Rhode Island on Thursday in Norwich, CT.
The Colonials counted on a big inning to win for the second consecutive day. This time they collected eight runs on seven hits to edge the Flyers for the 9-8 victory. GW is now 21-6 all-time against Dayton and the Colonials finish out their season at Barcorft with a 19-3 record at home. GW had six singles when senior captain Chris Barry came to the plate with the bases loaded and GW down 6-8. Barry blasted the ball to deep leftcenter where it hit the fence and cleared the bases to give the Colonials the victory.
Dayton scored two runs in four innings but could not weather the Colonials eight-run eighth. GW could only muster one run for the first seven innings until they belted seven hits and eight runs in the bottom of the eighth. In the first seven innings GW scattered eight singles but scored only once.
Freshman phenom Tom Shanley scored the Colonials first run after leading off the bottom of the third with a single. Shanley went 2-for-3 on the day and improved his conference-high batting average to .404. After two strikeouts in the third, senior Travis Crowder singled followed by a run-scoring single by fellow senior Tony Dokoupil. These two seniors each collected two hits and a run on Senior Day. They hold down the ninth and 10th spots for most games played at GW and are seventh and eighth in hits. With 185 career runs, Crowder is one run from being in the top three at GW. Dokoupil needs just one more to break into the Top 10 list.
Nate CasaGrande got the start for GW and lasted three and 2/3 innings giving up six hits and six runs. Only two of CasaGrande's runs were earned as the Colonials suffered from a passed ball and three errors. Avi Rasowsky provided two and 1/3 innings of scoreless relief giving up two hits and striking out two. One Flyer scored after a misplay from GW's left fielder but the batter was thrown out when he tried to advance to second base ending the fourth inning.
Nick Koken pitched two innings giving up five hits and two runs but earned his fourth win when the Colonials tallied eight runs in the bottom half of his final inning of work. Dan Pfau then converted his first save opportunity facing four batters and giving up no hits in the top part of the ninth inning.
The Colonials complete the regular season with a 35-16 (.686) mark and a 12-9 (.571) conference record. They return to the conference tournament for the fourth-straight year. GW won the tournament last year defeating Richmond and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in school history.