Baseball Beaten By Owls, 7-1, In GW's Season Opener At No. 16 Florida Atlantic
Freshman Anthony Smith Celebrates Collegiate Debut With Two Hits And The Team's First RBI
Feb. 20, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - The George Washington Colonials opened their 2004 baseball season with a 7-1 loss to No. 16 Florida Atlantic at FAU Field in Boca Raton, FL. GW scored on the last at bat of the game when freshman designated hitter Anthony Smith (Katonah, NY/John Jay) earned his second hit of the night, driving in Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana)for GW's first run of the season.
The Colonials kept it close after allowing a run in each of the first three innings but GW could not score until the game was already out of hand. Florida Atlantic pounded GW relievers for four runs in the eighth inning. GW did score on the last play of the game when Smith hit a single to right field with Raglani and Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA/Newman/Tulane) on base. Raglani would score GW's first run of the season but Smith, who had the RBI, ran into trouble when he was caught off of first base after the throw home for the game-ending final out.
While the Colonials did manage to get base runners on eight hits and two FAU errors, the club struggle to score. Base running proved to be a problem when Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY/Pine Plains) was picked off of first in the fourth, Smith failed to score from third in the fifth on a fly to left field with fewer than two outs, Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA/Fayette County) was thrown out by the catcher to the shortstop after singling in the seventh and Smith was out at second after an interesting 9-2-3-6 putout to end the game. FAU on the other hand, owned the bases, stealing six of them during the night.
Colonials ace Dan Sullivan (Stony Point, NY) had an ominous start to his night when FAU's first batter Derek Hutton hit a home run to left field to start the Owls' attack. Hutton then tripled down the right-field line, driving in Jordan Hafer in the second inning. In the third, Sullivan allowed a sacrifice fly for his third run in his five inning season debut. Sullivan had three strikeouts and two walks allowing eight hits and three earned runs.
Florida Atlantic's starter Randy Beam on the other hand, pitched an eight inning shutout gem. He struck out 10 without allowing a walk and gave up only five hits. After Sullivan kept the game close with a 3-0 deficit in the fifth, juniors Avi Rasowsky (Glenmont, NY/Bethlehem Central) and Nick Koken (Basking Ridge, NY/Immaculata) would pitch for the Colonials. Rasowsky pitched two more scoreless innings before giving up two runs on a series of singles. Koken entered but allowed two more of Rasowsky's base runners to score before ending the eighth.
The two teams meet on Saturday at 7:00 pm for game two of the three-game series with sophomore Josh Wilkie pitching for the Colonials against the Owls senior Matt O'Brien.