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Ken Lake
Ken  Lake

Baseball (Inducted 2006)


Kenneth E. Lake earned four letters in baseball at GW between 1977-81. A lefthanded pitcher and first baseman, Lake came to the Colonials from Peary High School in Rockville, Md., where he had been an All-Met first team selection by the Washington Post and the Montgomery County Player of the Year.

Lake quickly became GW's pitching workhorse for his coach, Mike Toomey, achieving career record status in a pair of pitching categories: complete games (15) and shutouts (3). In GW's 1979 NCAA Tournament season, the University's first tourney appearance in 20 years, Lake set a single season school mark for most innings pitched with 108 2/3, including a start against Arkansas, eventual NCAA Tournament runnerup in the College World Series at Omaha. He constantly was called upon to match up against GW's toughest pitching opponents.

Also doubling as an everyday player at first base, Lake batted .280 in 1979, including .444 in NCAA Tournament play. He was described by Toomey, his coach, as an ultimate team player and one of the most fierce competitors he ever coached.

Married to the former Ruth Cleary, Lake, and his wife have a son, Trey and a daughter, Wren.