Baseball Wins West, Second Overall, Despite Second Loss Of The Day, 4-3, To Duquesne
May 16, 2004
PITTSBURGH, PA - The Colonials walked in the game-winning run and handed the Dukes a 4-3 victory as GW lost its only Atlantic 10 series of the season. After winning a school record 14 consecutive games and 19 conference contests, the Colonials dropped both games of a doubleheader to Duquesne who earned the sixth and final spot in the conference tournament. GW got a bye in round one by winning the A-10 West and finishing second to Rhode Island overall. GW will play in the A-10 Tournament at 3:30 pm on Thursday, May 27 in Norwich, CT.
Josh Wilkie pitched six effective innings but did not get a decision as Dan Pfau picked up his first career loss. Closer Derrik Lutz actually walked in the winning run after Pfau exited with the bases loaded. Pfau was previously a perfect 10-0 before losing his first game in his two-year career. Lutz who set a single season record with 11 saves failed to close the door on the Dukes for the first time in several weeks.
In the first inning Duquesne scored one run on consecutive doubles by Luke Taggart and Pete Maropis. The Colonials answered in the top of two with a single run on an RBI single from Anthony Raglani. Raglani, who hails from the Pittsburgh area, moved within seven total bases and 13 RBI of making GW's all-time lists as a junior. Raglani's single knocked in Shanley who scored from first, after previously singling, when the right fielder made an error on the ball.
In the top of the third inning the Dukes scored twice on four singles. Dan Schwartzbauer and Maropis both scored on singles by Steve Maiolo and Andy Gallina. The Colonials tied the score for the second time when Brad Rosenblat hit his 10th home run, a two-run shot, to tie it at three. Josh Wilkie got himself out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth with an inning ending double play to keep the score tied. Wilkie would pitch a one-two-three sixth before finishing his day. He allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out five and pitching three walks.
Pfau started the seventh for GW and five up a leadoff single to Schwartzbauer. Taggart bunted him to second on a sacrifice and Pfau intentionally walked Maropis in hopes of a double play. But Pfau hit Maiolo with a pitch to load the bases and end his time on the mound. Lutz entered with the score still tied at three but issued a bases loaded walk to Gallina to end the game on a walk-off walk.
The Colonials finish A-10 play with a 19-5 conference record which is the best in the West and second overall to Rhode Island who finished 20-4. The Colonials are 38-16 overall and have two more regular season games before the conference tournament starts. Both of this week's games will be played at GW's home field Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA. The Colonials will play at home against local rival George Mason on Tuesday at 3:00 pm followed by a 3:00 pm game on Wednesday to conclude the regular season.
GW has clinched a first round bye in the conference tournament and will play on Thursday, May 27 at 3:30 pm in the fifth game of the tournament against the winner of the three and six seeds. By winning two against GW, Duquesne snuck into the sixth seed. Richmond is currently the third seed but still has a make-up series against Massachusetts next weekend. If the Spiders win at least two games they will remain the three seed and play Duquesne on Wednesday. If Richmond looses two or three games, then St. Bonaventure would be the three seed and Richmond would be fourth.