4-Run Rally Lifts GW To Crucial 4-3 Win At Richmond
May 14, 2006
RICHMOND, VA - George Washington University (20-31, 11-11 A-10) waited out a three hour and twenty-three minute rain delay and rallied from a 3-0 deficit by scoring four times in the top of the seventh inning to defeat the University of Richmond (21-30, 11-13 A-10) 4-3 Sunday afternoon in a crucial third and final game of an Atlantic 10 Conference series at Pitt Field.
Freshman RHP Pat Lehman (2-3) was outstanding in relief, shutting out the Spiders over the final 3.2 innings to earn the win.
The Colonials took two of three games from UR with the win and move ahead of them and Duquesne, who dropped two of three games to Charlotte this weekend, into sole possession of seventh place in the conference. GW meets the Dukes next weekend for its final regular season series as they'll attempt to qualify for the six-team A-10 Championship Tournament.
The Colonials' climb out of their 3-0 hole in the seventh began when second baseman Bryan Hwang (Northvale, NJ / Northvale) knocked home third baseman Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY / Pine Plains) with a base hit.
After a UR error made it first and second with one out, catcher Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA / Broad Run) lined a double off the right centerfield wall to score Hwang and, two batters later, first baseman Tim Reeves (Cumming, GA / North Forsyth) laced an opposite field double down the left field line to drive in two runs and give GW a 4-3 lead which would hold up.
The Spiders put their lead off hitters' on base in both the eighth and ninth innings but were unable to tie the game.
In the eighth, first baseman Joe Mahoney shot a double to left but was stranded as Lehman retired the next three hitters - one coming courtesy of a sensational diving catch by Reeves in foul territory in front of the GW dugout.
With a runner on first base and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Lehman, holding a one-run lead, struck out .376 hitting Ben Zeskind to end the game. The senior centerfielder was 6-for-10 in the series prior to the at-bat.
LHP Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) started for GW and remained in the game after the long rain delay which began with two outs in the top of the fourth inning. Overall, the senior allowed three runs on six hits and struck out six in the no decision.
Spiders' starter RHP Ian Marshall was replaced by RHP Kyle Leith (1-3) after the rain delay and was charged with two earned runs in the Colonials' four-run seventh inning as he took the loss.
UR took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Mahoney singled home Zeskind and an error in the sixth inning opened the door to two Spider runs as RBI singles from third baseman Cameron Brown and right fielder Matt McKenna put GW behind 3-0.
The Colonials' three-game series against Duquesne in Pittsburgh, PA, begins Thursday with the first pitch set for 3:00 p.m.
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