The Colonials' Baseball Season Ended With An 8-2 Loss To No. 14 Richmond In The A-10 Tournament
May 17, 2003
NORWICH, CT -- The Colonials postseason run ended with an 8-2 loss to No. 14 Richmond in Saturday's A-10 Tournament elimination game. GW was one of the final four teams in the A-10 Tournament for the third consecutive year. Seniors Travis Crowder and Tony Dokoupil played in their 200th and final baseball game for the Colonials. A-10 Rookie of the Year Tom Shanley ended the year with an conference-high .398 batting average.
Richmond scored first with two runs on two outs in the top of the second inning. With one out, David Reaver hit a double down the leftfield line. After a fly out to the second baseman for out number two, Dave Thomas hit a single into rightfield that scored Reaver for the first run of the game. Anthony Raglani's throw was online and in time to get Reaver but it hit the fringe of the grass making a tag at the plate impossible. Bobby Lenoir then singled to centerfield to score Thomas who advance to second on the previous throw home. Centerfielder Chris Barry had a play on the sinking linedrive which hit his glove on the dive. Lenoir was then thrown out by catcher Joe Michalski to end the inning on a steal attempt.
GW put runners in motion after two batter reached in the bottom of the third inning. Travis Crowder got things going with his second hit of the game but was then thrown out at second for the second out. Matt Owens then singled to left field and advanced to second on his second stolen base of the tournament.
After allowing a lead off single in the top of the fourth, CasaGrande got Michael Galligan to groundout into a 5-4-3 double play. But with a full count, Reaver hit a triple to left-centerfield. Adam Tidball singled him home to give Richmond a 3-0 lead. Tidball then advanced to third on a hit-and-run that was grounded right back to where the second baseman had been playing. CasaGrande got out of the jam with a ground out to the second baseman to end the top of the fourth.
The Colonials scored in the fourth inning on a single hit to the opposite side by Brad Rosenblat which scored Ryan Roberson from third base. Roberson who entered the game batting .380 singled to centerfield and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jeff Fertitta then advanced him to third on a ground out. Rosenblat was later moved to third on Tom Shanley's single but the inning ended on a fielder's choice one batter later.
Richmond added another run in the top of the fifth on a run scoring single double by Vito Chiaravollatti. Nate CasaGrande would finish the inning giving up four runs on 10 hits. The sophomore struck out two Spiders over his five innings of work. Avi Rasowsky entered the game and promptly pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning on seven pitches. Rasowsky pitched a 1-2-3 seventh on only eight pitches. In his first two innings the sophomore had 15 pitches 14 of which were strikes to hold the Spiders scoreless.
On the second pitch of the eighth, Jim Fasano bunted back to the pitcher and just beat Rasowsky's throw to first. The Spiders would then collect six hits in the inning scoring four more runs. Reaver knocked in two on a single as did Lenoir before being caught in a double play as he tried to advance to second on the throw home from rightfielder Raglani. After eight innings, Richmond took an 8-0 lead. Dennis Gramolini pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his second appearance in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
In the bottom of the ninth inning Tony Dokoupil entered the game as a pinch hitter appearing in his 200th collegiate game. He is now tied with his teammate Travis Crowder at the 200 mark in career games and both are tied for 8th all-time at GW. Dokoupil spent the morning in Washington, DC as the speaker at his graduation from the business school. After speaking in the morning, he flew to Connecticut to appear in his final college baseball game. In Crowder's final collegiate at bat he knocked in the final run of the game for a 8-2 final.
The Colonials finish the year with a 37-18 mark and were one of the final four teams in the Conference Tournament for the third consecutive year.