May 16, 2009
CAMDEN, N.J. - For the second consecutive day, George Washington scored critical ninth-inning runs to earn a 4-2 victory over the Saint Joseph's baseball team. The game, played at Campbell's Field, was the season finale for both teams.
George Washington (22-33, 11-15 Atlantic 10) struck first, scoring in the top of the first on an infield single by Sean Rockey. Tom Zebroski led off the game with a double, moved to third on a groundout, and then scored when Rockey beat out a dribbler to third.
Saint Joseph's went ahead in the bottom of the second, scoring a pair of runs on just one hit. Drew Smith and Mike Plakis drew walks to start the inning and were sacrificed to second and third by Matt Barnathan. Two batters later, Mike Blahusch walked to load the bases for Brian Hartsell, who roped a single through the right side to bring in Smith and Plakis and give the Hawks the lead.
A.J. Holland and Dominic Favazza (2-6) would make the lead stand up until the top of the seventh. Doug Eizen reached on an error to start the inning and stole second before Friday's hero, Andrew Haberern, singled to center to score Eizen and tie the game.
GW would break Crimson and Gray hearts in the ninth inning once again as Chris Marsicano hit an RBI single with two outs to score the go-ahead run and Tom Zebroski ripped a double to right to plate an insurance run.
Jimmy Duggan earned his first save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth to preserve the win for Bobby Lucas, who improved to 2-5.
Holland threw five innings, allowing just one run on five hits and striking out four while walking two. Favazza ceded three runs on four hits in three and two-thirds innings. GW's Eric Cantrell went seven strong innings, allowing two runs on just three hits. He struck out four and walked three, all in the second.
Blahusch was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth, ending his career with a school-record 38.
Today's game concluded the 2009 season for Saint Joseph's. The Hawks finished 16-30-1 on the season and 9-17 in conference.