Baseball Wins First Round Of Conference Tournament Over Rhode Island, 7-2
May 15, 2003
NORWICH, CT -- The Colonials took a 7-2 win from Rhode Island in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. GW enjoyed an outstanding two-hit performance from sophomore Dan Sullivan (Stony Point, NY) who pitched his fourth complete game of the year for his fourth victory. Sullivan retired the final 12 batters in order and both of the Rams early runs were unearned. GW advances to the second round where they will face No. 2 Massachusetts at 4:00 pm on Friday.
GW scored seven runs on 10 hits and were led offensively by Anthony Raglani's two doubles and Ryan Roberson's three hits. Sullivan was excellent and did not allow a hit after the fifth inning. Sullivan (4-1) struck out five and walked three without giving up an earned run. The sophomore leads GW with a 2.96 ERA and has gotten stronger with each start. "Dan was outstanding in his first start in an Atlantic 10 Championship," said head coach Tom Walter. "He's been the man for us all season, with his only loss coming to [nationally ranked] Georgia Tech at the start of the season. He's established himself as a real go to guy."
"I got stronger as the game went on and found my curve ball around the fifth inning," said Sullivan. "I had everything working for me and I just tried to have them [URI] put it in play and they got themselves out."
George Washington put a run on the board in the top of the first inning on a RBI double by sophomore OF Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA). The Colonials added two more in the second off URI starter Jared Trout (Gilbertsville, PA) on an RBI groundout by senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA) and a throwing error by Rams catcher Josh Nestor (Nashua, NH), scoring Geoff Milsom (New York, NY). Raglani finished the day with three hits, as did sophomore 1B Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD). Trout (6-3) pitched eight innings throwing a herculean 144 pitches for the loss.
The Colonials (36-16) avenged losing two of three games from the Rams to open A-10 play earlier this year. This was the Rams first postseason appearance since 1984 and they dropped to .500 (25-25) with the loss. GW leads the all-time series with Rhode Island 13-5.
Travis Crowder reached base four out of five times to the plate with three walks and one hit by pitch. On his one true at bat, the senior grounded out to the second baseman but knocked in Jeff Fertitta for the second GW run. Crowder scored the first run of the game after leading of the game with his first of three walks. Crowder's run ties him for third all-time with Ryan Dacey with 186 runs at GW. Crowder stole a base in the sixth inning and has 16 this year and 63 in his career, which puts him in a tie with Mike Welch for third all-time. Crowder also moved up into a tie for sixth all-time with 101 walks over his five-year career. Crowder was named to the Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference as the second baseman.
Anthony Raglani had two doubles on the day and now has a league-high 19 for the year. Raglani went three-for-five hitting a single in the ninth and almost picking up another double in the seventh, when he lined out to rightfield. The record for doubles in an A-10 Conference game is three, set by GW's Ryan Dacey in 1998. Raglani improved his batting average to .346.
Ryan Roberson who was named to the First Team All-Conference as the designated hitter started at first base for GW. He went three-for-four with a double and an RBI. Roberson has 110 total bases and a slugging percentage of .591. Roberson's average moved up to .376 and he is tied with Tom Shanley for the most hits at GW this year with 70. Shanley had a hit in his final at bat to stay atop the A-10 list in batting average at .398.
Geoff Milsom scored once on a throwing error by the Rams catcher and went two-for-four with a double and a sacrifice bunt. In the second inning the sophomore reached on a bunt just out of the reach of Rhode Island's pitcher. Tony Dokoupil was effective with a sacrifice bunt in the second inning and a walk in the fourth. Jeff Feritta knocked in two with a deep double to right centerfield in the ninth inning. Fertitta who started at catcher led GW with three RBI.
Greg Conden will start against Massachusetts on Friday. The Colonials were able to preserve their bullpen with Sullivan's complete game victory. This is the Colonials fourth consecutive A-10 postseason and they have advanced one more round in each additional year.