GW Bounced From A-10 Tournament
Colonials Fall To Rhode Island 9-7 in Championship Game
May 28, 2005
DAYTON, OH - The George Washington University Baseball team (41-19) was eliminated from the Atlantic 10 Tournament Saturday afternoon in the Championship Game by the University of Rhode Island 9-7 at Fifth Third Field. With the win, the Rams secured their first-ever A-10 Title and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In a back-and-forth battle that witnessed five lead changes, the Colonials failed to capitalize in the seventh inning and perhaps seize the game when, trailing 6-5, they had runners on second and third with nobody out.
First baseman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD / James H. Blake) lined out to the leftfielder that resulted in a double play at second base. Three pitches later right fielder Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA / Newman / Tulane) broke from third base in attempt to steal home and was called out, ending the promising inning with no runs.
The Rams added two runs in the top of the eighth inning to build a 8-5 lead when centerfielder Dave Savard leadoff with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. After moving to third on a sacrifice bunt, Savard scored when leftfielder Daryl Holcomb reached second base on a bizarre fielder's choice grounder. Holcomb then scored on right fielder Matt Sullivan's base hit.
The Colonials committed five errors in the game that lead to four unearned runs.
Designated hitter Bill Simpson (Old Westbury, NY / South Carolina) brought GW to within 8-6 in the bottom of the eight when he knocked in second baseman Michael Parker (Newton, MA / Newton South), who doubled to leadoff the frame, with a single.
Simpson went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in the game and hit .455 (5-for-11) in the tournament.
URI made it a three-run game again in the top of the ninth when second baseman Wayne Russo doubled in a run to make it 9-6.
Third baseman Geoff Milsom (New York, NY / Poly Prep / Notre Dame) connected for a two-out solo home run (5) in the ninth inning, but that was as close as the Colonials would get.
GW hit four home runs overall in the game. Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Roberson launched a two-run shot (16) to give the Colonials an early 2-1 lead.
The Rams opened up a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning but catcher Joe Michalski's (Ellicott City, MD / Mt. Hebron) two-run homer (10) in the bottom of the frame tied the contest 4-4.
Back-to-back leadoff walks followed by a single for URI in the fifth inning led to two more runs when third baseman Mike Rainville singled and Savard hit a sacrifice fly, setting the score at 6-4.
Centerfielder Matt Owen's (Fayetteville, GA / Fayette County) second home run of the tournament brought GW to 6-5 in the sixth inning.
LHP Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) (4-4) got the start for GW and gave up six runs, three earned, in six innings as he suffered the loss.
RHP Steve Holmes (7-1) lasted seven innings, giving up five earned runs and picked up the win. RHP Mick Lefort recorded the save (9).
Roberson and RHP Josh Wilkie were named to the All-Tournament Team. Roberson batted .500 in the tournament (8-for-16) with a homer, two doubles and three RBI. Wilkie started and earned the win in the Colonials 4-2 victory over Dayton on Friday. Wilkie gave up two runs in 8.1 innings in the game.