Dukes Lose A-10 Baseball Opener 6-3 To Xavier
May 15, 2003
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.
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.