Baseball Falls to No. 20 Richmond, 12-5, in Game Two
Best of Three Series tied, 1-1
May 24, 2002
RICHMOND, VA - The Colonials dropped game two, 12-5, of the best-of-three Championship Round of the Verizon Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship Friday afternoon against No. 20 Richmond at UR's Pitt Field. Despite a three-run homer by senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/Paramus) in the bottom of the first inning, third-seeded George Washington, the designated home team, was unable to keep the Richmond bats quiet. The Colonials (41-21) and Spiders (49-9) will battle tomorrow in a 1:00 p.m. start for the Atlantic 10's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Colonials took the first opportunity possible to get on board. With junior Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) on base after a double to the left centerfield wall, sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) singled to rightfield. Bassett, yesterday's 10th-inning hero, connected on the first pitch for a three-run homer over the rightfield wall, his second round-tripper of the Championship series.
The Spiders answered quickly in the top of the second. With no outs and the bases loaded, Chris Dolan grounded into a double play but allowed Richmond first baseman Vito Chiaravolloti to score. A.J. Board grounded out to second with a runner on third to end the inning. Richmond then added another run in the top of the fourth to cut GW's lead to 3-2. Brian Ruscello singled to drive in Chiaravalloti, who walked for the second time.
In the top of the sixth, the Spiders tied the game at 3-3 on Adam Tidball's sacrifice fly to left field driving in Matt Craig. The Spiders pulled ahead on a RBI single by pinch hitter Jim Fasano to score Chiaravalloti, who had singled. In the top of the seventh, David Reaver singled up the middle to score Bryan Pritz, who had doubled to center field. Freshman righthander Nick Koken (Basking Ridge,NJ/Immaculata), a former Spider who transferred to GW, relieved GW starter Jason Baker (Accokeek, MD/DeMatha) and completed the inning. Ruscello then hit a two-run homerun over the left field wall in the top of the eighth, scoring Chiaravalloti, to increase the Spider lead to 7-3.
The Colonials best opportunity to rally came in the bottom of the eighth. Richmond starter Thomas Martin was relieved by lefthander Tim Rice after walking freshman Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron) and allowed a single through the right side by senior Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland). Rice first faced junior Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius), who grounded into a double play, but then walked freshman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD/James H.Blake) and allowed a single through the middle by Nick Iovacchini (Asheville, NC/Asheville). Andy Givens was called upon to relieve Rice with the bases loaded. Junior Jake Wald (Alexandria,VA/T.C. Williams) took advantage of the situation hitting an RBI single to score Krimmel. Freshman Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) pinch-hit for the Colonials, and stroked a hard liner to centerfield that was caught to end the inning.
The Spiders added to their lead with five runs in the top of the ninth to lead 12-4. Chiaravalloti doubled down the left field line to score the first two runs. Two batters later, Bobby LeNoir singled to drive in Chiaravalloti. David Thomas followed with a two-run blast over the right field wall.
Michalski tried to make it interesting with his seventh round-tripper of the season in the bottom of the ninth.
Martin (7-0) earned the win after pitching seven innings and allowing four runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out nine. Baker (5-6) pitched 6.1 innings and allowed five runs and seven hits, while walking three and fanning four.