Baseball Overtakes St. Bonaventure, 5-4, at Verizon A-10 Tournament
Colonials Reach Championship Final
May 19, 2002
NORWICH, CT - The third-seeded Colonials dropped second-seeded St. Bonaventure, 5-4, at the Verizon Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship at Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, CT Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Jeff Fertitta's (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) eighth inning RBI single gave the Colonials (40-20) the boost they needed to advance to meet top-seeded Richmond in next weekend's Championship Final at Richmond. St. Bonaventure falls to 30-13.
Senior Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) led off the eighth inning with a double off the wall. After an intentional walk to senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/Paramus) - his fifth intentional walk of the Championship - Fertitta, who had walked his previous four at-bats in the game, laced a single to center to score Krimmel with the winning run.
Freshman Justin Orenduff (Chesapeake, VA/Western Branch), who came on in relief in the seventh inning, earned its second win of the Championship to improve to 9-2. Matt Gunesch, who entered the game in the fifth inning, dropped to 5-3.
St. Bonaventure jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. Greg Osganian led off the inning with a walk and stole second base. He then scored on a one-out single to right by Mike Osganian, giving the Bonnies a 1-0 lead. The Colonials responded with two runs in the top of the second as freshman Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron) rapped a two-run home run over the left field fence to put the Colonials up 2-1. George Washington added another run in the top of the fourth. Junior Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) led off with a bunt single and went to second on Mike Tegeler's throwing error. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Mike McCormack and scored on junior Jake Wald's (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) ground out to short. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Bonnies plated two runs to tie the game at 3-3. Craig King had a lead-off walk and was sacrificed to second by Mike Sedor. With King on second, George Washington head coach Tom Walter brought in freshman Dan Sullivan (Stony Point, NY/North Rockland) to relieve starter Nick Koken (Basking Ridge, NJ/Immaculata). The first batter he faced was Osganian, who singled through the left side. Leftfielder Anthony Raglani's (Indiana, PA/Indiana) attempt to get King at home was thrown away, enabling King to score. Kevin Ryan then followed with a single to left to drive in Osganian. George Washington broke the tie in the top of the seventh when Barry singled to center to score Fertitta. The Bonnies came right back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning when Ryan lined a single to center to drive in Sedor.
Michalski ended the game three-for-three with a home run, double, and two RBI. Krimmel, Barry, and junior Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) each had a pair of hits for the Colonials, who combined for 12 as a team. Ryan had two hits for the Bonnies.
Richmond and George Washington will meet in the Championship Final, which will be a best-of-three series beginning at 2:00pm on Thursday, May 23 at Richmond's Pitt Field.
VERIZON ATLANTIC 10 BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Preliminary Rounds - Norwich, CT
Thursday, May 16
Friday, May 17
Saturday, May 18
Sunday, May 19
CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL SCHEDULE