GW Ahead Of Fordham, 6-3, With Three Outs Left To Play On Friday
May 27, 2004
NORWICH, CT - The Colonials are ahead of the Fordham Rams 6-3 with no outs in the top of the ninth inning and a runner on second base. The game was delayed due to fog and will resume on Friday at 10:33 a.m. With just three outs remaining in the game the contest was called due to poor visibility as a thick fog rolled in. The game will be picked up Friday morning where it left off Thursday night with the winner taking on the No. 1 seed Rhode Island Rams at 3:30 p.m.
Fordham's Kurt Thomas hit a double into the fog and will remain on second base through the night until the game can be concluded on Friday, about almost 12 hours after his original hit. The game was called shortly before 11:00 p.m. although fog had flooded in earlier in the evening. By the time Thomas hit his double visibility had become so poor that no one had the foggiest idea where the ball was. The centerfielder was no longer within view from the press box and he clearly could not see the ball when it was hit two him.
Even the umpires had trouble navigating the Navigators home field highlighted by a questionable call on a blast from Jeff Fertitta. Fertitta hit a ball that hit the wall but it was unclear whether it was the outfield wall or the second wall which would warrant a home run. Fertitta legged it out and still earned a triple but was not credited with a homer when the umpires did not see the ball as it disappeared into the outfield. Fertitta did later score when Matt Owens drove him in for the Colonials sixth run giving them a 6-3 lead going into the top of the ninth inning.
Josh Wilkie is the pitcher of record as he pitched the first six and two thirds of the game allowing three runs, two of them earned, on five hits. Uncharacteristically, he issued four walks and hit two batters but he still struck out three batters. Avi Rasowsky entered the game in a save situation and was pitching when the game was halted. Rasowsky had pitched one and a third of an inning and entered with just a two-run lead. He got an out in the seventh by picking off a batter at first without having to face a batter. In the eighth he got out of a jam as Fordham stranded two runners. Rasowsky likely will be replaced as the Colonials will still have three more outs to get to make the game official on Friday morning.
Second-seeded George Washington (40-17) and No. 5 Fordham (25-26-1) will resume at 10:33 a.m. on Friday morning. The winner between the Colonials and the Rams will take on the Rhode Island Rams at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The winner of that game will play the loser of Richmond and St. Bonaventure while the winner will advance to Saturday's championship.
Against Fordham on Thursday the Colonials jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run single by senior catcher Jeff Fertitta. Fertitta now has 147 RBIs in his four-year career which is eighth at GW. Fordham cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fourth on a RBI triple by junior Kevin Brush and third baseman Jordan Lert's run-scoring single.
GW then extended its lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth on a bases loaded single by Anthony Smith, the 2004 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, which scored Anthony Raglani and Tom Shanley. Smith's two RBIs give him 69 for the year and leave him just eight shy of GW's single-season record held by two Colonials. After the Rams closed to within 5-3 in the top of the seventh on a RBI single by Brush, GW added a run in the bottom of the eighth as Fertitta tripled to center and scored on an error. The game will be concluded on Friday morning with the winner advancing and the loser done for the year.