Baseball Rallies In The Ninth To Defeat Rhode Island, 7-6
April 29, 2001
Washington, D.C. (April 29, 2001) - Redshirt sophomore Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/ Osbourn) hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning and later scored the go ahead run to lead the Colonials to a 7-6 victory over the Rhode Island Rams this afternoon, April 29, at Bill Beck Field in Kingston, RI. The Colonials improved to 30-17 overall and 12-7 in the Atlantic 10 this season while the Rams fell to 23-21 overall and 6-10 in the Atlantic 10.
The Colonials fell behind 3-0 in the second as the Rams were able to put together back to back run scoring hits off of GW starter Mike O'Connor (Ellicott City, MD/ Mt. St. Joseph's).
GW cut the lead to 3-1 in the fourth when sophomore Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/ Severna Park) doubled and later scored on a Rhode Island error.
The Rams regained their three-run lead in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Steve Lemieux. The score remained that way until the Colonials tied the game in the seventh. After back to back singles by senior Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/ A.I. DuPont) and sophomore Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/ T.C. Williams) put runners at first and second, senior Ross Smirne (Fleetville, PA/ Lackawanna Trail) doubled to score Brown and advance Wald to third. Wald then stole home to make it 4-3 and Smirne later scored on another Rhode Island error to tie the game.
The Rams responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead, 6-4. It remained that way until the ninth. After sophomore Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/ Canisius) reached on an error to open the inning, Brown singled to put runners at first and second. The Rams brought on Jon Scullin to pitch and he quickly retired the next two batters and it looked like the Colonials were going to have a long ride home, but that is when Crowder helped make the trip home a little easier. Not only did the scrappy Crowder get the tying hit, but with his alert baserunning and hustle, he was able to advance to second on the throw home. Dokoupil followed Crowder's lead and came through with another clutch hit to score Crowder and the Colonials were out in front, 7-6.
Senior tri-captain Bryan Beggs (Somerset, PA/ Somerset) relieved junior Chris Worth (North Arlington, NJ/ N. Arlington) to earn his ninth save of the season as the Colonials picked up a key Atlantic 10 victory. Worth pitched one and a third innings of shutout baseball to earn his sixth win of the season.