Baseball Falls to Richmond, 6-4, at Verizon A-10 Baseball Tournament
Colonials Look for Sunday Win to Advance to Final Round
May 18, 2002
NORWICH, CT - The third-seeded Colonials fell to the top-seeded Richmond Spiders, 6-4, Saturday afternoon at Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, CT. Richmond put up three runs in both the second and third innings to earn the win at the Verizon Atlantic 10 Baseball Tournament.
The Spiders (48-8) will host the final round of the Championship, beginning on Thursday, May 23, at 2:00 p.m. George Washington (39-20) will face the winner of Saturday evening's Temple-St. Bonaventure game tomorrow at a time to be determined.
Richmond opened the scoring with three runs in the top half of the second inning. Vito Chiaravalloti and Adam Tidball led off the inning with walks. Brian Ruscello then reached on an error by George Washington third baseman Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland). Chris Dolan got an infield hit to score Chiaravalloti and Tidball scored on an error charged to shortstop Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams). The Spiders closed the scoring with Ruscello scoring on a wild pitch by Colonials' starter Chris Worth (North Arlington, NJ/North Arlington).
George Washington came back with a run in the bottom of the inning when junior Tony Dokoupil's (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) shot to third ricocheted off third baseman David Reaver. Senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/Paramus), who reached on an error by Ruscello, scored when Richmond shortstop Matt Craig threw out Dokoupil at first.
Richmond plated another three runs in the top of the third, highlighted by Tidball's two-run triple to right center. Ruscello then scored Tidball with a sacrifice fly to make the score 6-1.
George Washington answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the third. Dokoupil singled, driving in Bassett and Krimmel. An error by Craig off the bat of freshman Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron) enabled sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) to score, pulling the Colonials to within 6-4.
After the third inning, the pitchers took over. Thomas Martin improved to 6-0. He hurled the first six innings for the Spiders, yielding two earned runs while striking out eight. Tim Rice came on to pitch the final three innings to earn his first save. Worth, who allowed all six Richmond runs, four of them earned, threw three innings and took the loss. He is now 2-5. Sophomore Dennis Gramolini (Wakefield, MA/Reading Memorial) came on in the fourth and scattered four hits and walked just one.