Dukes Comeback Falls Short, Lose 7-5 to GW
April 24, 2009
Duquesne's baseball team chipped away at George Washington's early 6-2 lead, gained via four unearned runs in the top of the third, but never caught up as the Colonials downed the Dukes, 7-5, on Friday afternoon at Duquesne Field.
Duquesne and George Washington were tied, 2-2, going into the third inning. The Colonials, who had put up two earned runs in their previous at-bat, took advantage of two DU errors and scored four unearned runs off just two hits.
Duquesne picked away at the deficit to get within one, 6-5, only to see GW add an insurance run in the eighth for the final score, 7-5.
Senior left fielder Mike Carroll went 2-for-3, one of those hits a double, and drove in two runs. Freshman catcher Rick Devereaux was 3-for-5 and scored one of the Dukes' five runs. Seniors Anthony Manley and Bill Torre each went 2-for-4, scored once and drove in one. Manley also got a double.
Senior starting pitcher Ryan Juran (2-7) who gave up six runs, two earned, picked up the loss.
Duquesne is now 9-31, 4-11 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.
The Dukes opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Manley scored on Devereaux' sacrifice fly.
George Washington scored one run on three singles and another via a ground out in the second to take a 2-1 edge.
'Small ball' enabled the Dukes to tie the score at 2-2. In DU's turn at the plate, senior center fielder Brian Bernardo drove in Torre who had singled, stole second and got to third on senior Derek Fallecker's ground out.
But in the third, four GW runs came in a leadoff single, a two-out double, a hit-batsmen with the bases loaded, and two Duquesne errors, one by Juran, the other by sophomore third baseman Andrew Heck, to give the Colonials that four-run advantage.
In the bottom of the frame, Caroll got a two-out single, stole second and scored on Torre's single to left. That got the score down to 6-3.
In the next four innings, Juran held the Colonials to three hits, got strong work in the field and left four runners on base without allowing any to cross home plate.
Duquesne added another in fifth, Carroll's double scored Devereaux, and one in the sisth, via Manley's double that scored freshman Derrik Zeroski. The score was now 7-5.
Juran, in his last inning, stranded one at first while getting the necessary three outs.
This Duquesne at-bat was their chance to tie. Devereaux got the leadoff single but was erased by a double play. A ground out ended that opportunity.
GW took advantage adding a run on a strike out -- the catcher threw to first for out number two but Curtis Eward scored.
Three up, three down in the bottom of the eighth for DU. Two walks started Duquesne's ninth but the first was picked off so the second, Manley, made it one man on again. With two outs, Coach Mike Wilson inserted freshman Andrew Dobson as a pinch runner. Dobson took second, his fourth steal in five tries. Dobson stayed there since Ryan LaPointe struck out Devereaux to end the game.
The Colonials' Gavin Swanson was 2-for-3 with 4 RBI. Starter Eric Cantrell (5-2) got the win while LaPointe picked up his second save. GW improved to 18-23, 7-8 in league action.
The two teams do it again Saturday, same place but a different time, 1:00 p.m. The Sunday finale will start at 12:00 noon.