UMass Splits Doubleheader At GW
March 27, 2004
ARLINGTON, Va. - Junior lefthanded pitcher Scott Ratliff came out of the bullpen to stike out the final two batters of the game, as the University of Massachusetts baseball team won the second game to split a doubleheader at George Washington. UMass now stands 6-6 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, while the Colonials stand 14-11 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic 10.
In game two, the Minutemen posted a 2-1 victory after scoring two unearned runs in the first inning. Shortstop Mike Athas walked and stole second, then moved to third on a ground out. Second baseman Cullan Maumus then reached on an error by GW shortstop Geoff Milsom who stopped the ball but could not collect it. Athas seeing that the ball had gotten away from Milsom then scored. Maumus would also later score courtesy of two wild pitches giving him second and then allowing him to score from third with two outs.
UMass held its 2-0 lead until the bottom of the seventh, when Brad Rosenblat led off with a triple, then scored on a double by Matt Owens. After Owens moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, Ratliff came on to strike out the final two batters and preserve the win. Sophomore righthander Matt Torra earned his third win of the seasn with nine strikeouts in 6-1/3 innings pitched.
In the first game, George Washington's Dan Sullivan pitched a seven-inning complete game, allowing only one run to lead the Colonials to a 4-1 victory. The Colonials scored three quick runs in the third inning when Ryan Roberson hit his seventh home run of the year over the fence in left-centerfield. The lone UMass run came in the sixth inning, when first baseman Matt Reynolds singled to drive in Athas. Senior righthander Eric Chown took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits in a complete game effort.
The Minutemen and the Colonials will conclude their three-game series tomorrow, March 28, at 12:00 p.m.