Sean Wilson was 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk.
Sean Wilson was 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk.
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Dukes Lose A-10 Baseball Opener 6-3 To Xavier

May 15, 2003

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Norwich, Connecticut - Duquesne's baseball team dropped the opening game of the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Championship to Xavier by a 6-3 score Thursday afternoon at Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, CT. The fourth-seeded Dukes move into the consolation bracket and will face either #3 Rhode Island or #6 George Washington this evening at 7:30 p.m. Xavier will face #1 Richmond Friday afternoon.

The Dukes took a 3-1 lead after scoring two runs in the bottom of the third inning. The fifth-seeded Musketeers responded with single runs in the fifth and sixth to knot the game at 3-3. Jim Popp relieved starter Bob Reifschneider in the top of the seventh and shut down six XU batters in order in his first two innings of pitching.

But Xavier had a different response in the ninth as the Cincinnati team scored three runs in the top of the frame for the 6-3 lead. XU relief pitcher Jarret Sues gave up a walk to Sean Wilson to open the Dukes' half of the inning but then got a fly out from Andy Gallina and a double play grounder from Chad Williams to close the game.

Four Dukes had two hits each (Dan Schwartzbauer, Pete Maropis, Wilson and Jonathan Kelly). The Dukes, who played an errorless game, left eight runners on base in scoring position.

The Rams and Colonials game got underway at 4:00 p.m. with the winner going on to face #2 Massachusetts tomorrow afternoon. The Dukes and the loser of this contest will meet in day one's final game.

UPDATE: George Washington's Dan Sullivan pitched a two-run complete game leading the Colonials to a 7-2 win over Rhode Island. GW moves on to face number two seed UMass Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m while the Rams and Dukes will initiate the consolation bracket play tonight at 9 p.m. (Thursday evening). The start time was moved back from 7:30 p.m. because of the length of the GW/URI contest.




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