Colonials' Record-Setting Run at A-10 Baseball Championship Comes to an End; Falls 9-2 Against No. 2 St. Bonaventure
May 27, 2006
BRONX, NY - Seeking to eliminate its fourth team for the fourth straight game, the George Washington University baseball team saw its record-setting run at the Atlantic 10 Championship come to an end Saturday afternoon with a 9-2 loss to second-seeded St. Bonaventure on day four of the conference tournament at Jack Coffey Field at Houlihan Park on the campus of Fordham University. The sixth-seeded Colonials conclude the tournament as the most successful No. 6 seed in Championship history becoming the first squad to win three games and eliminate three teams. GW closes out the 2006 season with an overall record of 25-34.
GW carried over its momentum from the record-breaking 17-inning marathon victory against top-seeded Rhode Island Friday evening in the opening frame against SBU, as shortstop Michael Parker (Newton, MA) led off the game with a double. After a wild pitch moved Parker to third, freshman Matt Boyd (Rockville, MD) gave the Colonials an early 1-0 lead with a single to right to plate Parker.
The Colonials' lead would be short-lived; however, as starter Brian Frazier (Allentown, PA) walked the first two batters and plunked A-10 Player of the Year Brian Pellegrini to load the bases. A sacrifice fly off the bat of leftfielder Joe Rizzo allowed lead-off hitter Randy Moley to score and a single one batter later from Matt Agostinelli gave the Bonnies a 2-1 lead.
In the second, Frazier ran into trouble again as the first two batters in the frame both drew walks. Moley then doubled to left center to increase SBU's lead to 3-1, but with rain clouds in the area a flash of lightning halted play and the rain soon followed. The game was delayed at 10:05 p.m. and eventually suspended nearly 50 minutes later until Saturday.
Freshman Tim Sexton (Baltimore, MD) relieved Frazier when the game picked back up on Saturday at noon, but St. Bonaventure was still able to take advantage of its situation - runners on second and third, nobody out - from the previous night.
A groundout to the right side to begin play allowed Kieran Malone to score from third and a single up the middle from Rizzo scored Moley to give the Bonnies a commanding 5-1 lead.
GW pushed across a run in the fourth when a single by catcher Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA) scored senior third baseman Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY), who reached on a one-out double, to cut the deficit to 5-2.
At that point the Colonials looked as if they might slowly chip away at the lead like they did against URI, as Sexton held the Bonnies scoreless for three innings after the second, but SBU was able to string together four straight hits to open the sixth and put three more runs on the board to put the game out of reach at 8-2.
Abokhair led GW at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Frazier (0-5) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on two hits with five walks and three wild pitches in 1.0 inning of work. Sexton pitched the final 7.0 innings in relief surrendering four runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts.
The 2006 A-10 Baseball Championship All-Tournament Team will be announced on Sunday, May 28 following the title game between No. 2 St. Bonaventure and No. 5 Saint Louis.