Baseball Finally Finishes Fordham, 6-4, After More Than A 35 Hour Rain Delay
May 29, 2004
NORWICH, CT - George Washington and Fordham finally concluded their contest in the A-10 Tournament after more than 35 hours of delays due to fog and rain. The Colonials held on to win 6-4 as Derrik Lutz picked up his 12th save of the season. The Fordham Rams got an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning but GW advanced to play the Rhode Island Rams at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
On Thursday night, Fordham's Kurt Thomas hit a double off of reliever Avi Rasowsky into the fog and remained on second base through more than 35 hours of delays. When the game resumed at 10:34 a.m. on Saturday morning the Colonials moved closer Lutz to the mound to finish the game. Fordham's first batter chased the first pitch out of the zone and grounded out to the Colonials first baseman. Thomas moved to third on the play and then scored an unearned run when a high pitched got passed the catcher. Lutz stepped it up by striking out the final two batters of the game for his 12th save of the season on just 11 pitches.
On Thursday night, even the umpires had trouble navigating the Navigators home field highlighted by a questionable call on a blast from Jeff Fertitta. In the foggy bottom of the eighth, 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. Fordham's center fielder later admitted that the ball had cleared the wall for a homer. Fertitta still scored 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 earned his sixth win of the year when 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.
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.