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.
Baseball Topped in Series Opener by Richmod
ARLINGTON, Va - The George Washington baseball team fell in the series opener against Richmond, 6-4, on Friday afternoon at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park.
Baseball Resumes A-10 Play by Hosting Richmond
LEADING OFF: The George Washington baseball team returns to Atlantic 10 conference play this weekend when it welcomes Richmond to Tucker Field at Barcroft...
Baseball Falls at UMBC, 7-5
BALTIMORE - The George Washington baseball team fell for just the second time in the last 14 games in a 7-5 loss at UMBC on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Pasteur Claims Third Straight A-10 Player of the Week
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Washington baseball senior third basemen Isaiah Pasteur has been named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week while sophomore...
Baseball Completes Sweep of NCCU
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The GW baseball team closed its final non-conference weekend series of the regular season in dominant fashion, taking a 19-7 win over...
Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader from NCCU
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Behind a powerful offensive effort in game one and a splendid outing from junior right-handed pitcher Elliott Raimo in game two, the GW...
Baseball Hosts NC Central at The Tuck This Weekend
LEADING OFF: The George Washington baseball team returns home to Tucker Field at Barcroft Park to host North Carolina Central for a three-game series this...
Baseball Surges Past William & Mary, 9-5
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The George Washington baseball team picked up a non-conference road win when it topped William & Mary, 9-5, on Wednesday night at Plumeri...