Baseball Takes Game One, 6-4, Against No. 20 Richmond
May 23, 2002
RICHMOND, VA - The Colonials battled for a 6-4 extra-inning victory against the University of Richmond, Thursday afternoon in the best-of-three Championship Round of the Verizon Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship at UR's Pitt Field. Senior Mike Bassett's (Paramus, NJ/Paramus) two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning gave third-seeded George Washington the win over top-seeded Richmond. The Colonials (41-20) will have a chance to earn the Atlantic 10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a win tomorrow.
After a scoreless first inning, the Colonials managed to notch an exciting two runs in the top of the second. Freshman Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) doubled along the left field line to score sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) who had singled to center field two batters earlier. Freshman Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron) then drove in Raglani with an RBI single to left field.
GW defense continued to keep the Spiders at bay in the bottom of the second and third before adding two runs in the top of the fourth. Bassett reached first on an error by Richmond first baseman Vito Chiaravalloti. He advanced to second on Tim Stauffer's walk of Fertitta. Junior Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) advanced both runners on a sacrifice bunt. Raglani then notched his second RBI on a groundout to second to score Bassett. Michalski followed with his second RBI single of the day to drive in Fertitta.
Richmond managed to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth. With bases loaded, David Reaver doubled along the left field line to score John Cronin and Chris Dolan. Matt Craig came up to bat in position to tie the game. Instead, Colonials' starter Greg Conden (Owego, NY/Owego Free Academy) refocused to strike out Craig, ending the inning. On Craig's next at-bat in the bottom of the seventh, he tied the game on a two-run homer to center field, scoring Reaver. Freshman righthander Justin Orenduff (Chesapeake, VA/Western Branch) came in to finish off the seventh and managed to pitch two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth.
In the top of the 10th, Bassett broke the tie with a blast along the right field line that cleared the wall to score senior Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland). With the Colonials leading by two, Richmond put two runners on base in the bottom of the 10th. Adam Tidball singled to center field and then advanced to second on Michael Galligan's single up the middle. Orenduff then struck out Chris Dolan to earn his 10th win of the season.
Orenduff (10-2) pitched 3.1 innings and allowed just two hits. Andy Givens relieved Stauffer to pitch the 10th inning. He is now 3-1 after allowing two runs and two hits.
The Colonials return to Pitt Field tomorrow, Friday, May 24, to face Richmond in game two in the final round of the Atlantic 10 Championship. The game will start at 2:00 p.m.