ARLINGTON, Va.— Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Isaiah Pasteur cranked a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift No. 7 George Washington to a 5-4 win over No. 4 Richmond in the Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship at Tucker Field.
It was the third straight win in an elimination game for the Colonials (32-25), which advanced to face No. 2 George Mason in the consolation bracket final, with the winner earning a trip to face No. 1 Saint Louis Saturday at 11:00 am in the A-10 final. Richmond was eliminated and finished its season at 32-24.
Pasteur’s game-winning shot cleared the left-center fence and sent Brandon Chapman and Trevor Kuncl home. It was the second longshot of the game in as many innings for GW. Dominic D’Alessandro hit a solo shot in the sixth to pull within one before a D.J. Lee RBI single pushed the Richmond lead back to two.
The Spiders scored two in the first, one on a Justin Cook single, the other on a fielder’s choice by Daniel Brumbaugh that plated Lee and Kyle Adams. UR added one in the fourth when Kyle Schmidt scored on a Tyler Plantier double. Robbie Metz scored GW’s first run on a ground out in the first that drove in Steve Barmakian.
Will Kobos (4-1) took the win in relief, tossing seven innings and allowing three runs on nine hits with three strikeouts. Jaret Edwards earned his first save of the year, holding Richmond hitless for 1 1/3 innings. Dalton Light (2-2) was charged with the loss in a two-hit, three run, one inning appearance.
Lee and Anthony Forte led the Spiders with two hits each. Pasteur was the Colonials’ big bat, with a 2-for-4 performance with three RBI.