Baseball Kicks Off '06 With 4-1 Win At JMU
Josh Wilkie Strikes Out 10 in 7 Innings To Earn The Victory
Feb. 23, 2006
HARRISONBURG, VA - George Washington University (1-0) starter RHP Josh Wilkie (1-0) went 7.0 innings, struck out 10 and did not allow a walk or give up a run as the Colonials opened up their 2006 season, Thursday afternoon, with a 4-1 victory at James Madison University (0-4) at Long Field / Mauck Stadium.
Wilkie never got into trouble as he yielded just five hits and at one point retired nine straight batters, seven by strikeout.
GW took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when right fielder Gavin Swanson (Reistertown, MD / Calvert Hall) drilled an opposite field solo home run (1). Swanson went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the game.
Catcher Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA / Broad Run) made it a 3-0 Colonials' advantage when, after a two-out JMU error kept the inning alive, the sophomore launched a two-run opposite field triple.
The Dukes made it interesting in their half of the eighth inning when a GW error allowed pinch runner Matt MacDougall to score from third base, cutting GW's lead to 3-1.
JMU pinch hitter Lee Bujakowski followed with a long single off the right field fence to put runners at the corners. Only a great defensive play and strong throw from Swanson in right kept another Dukes' runner from scoring.
LHP Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) then came on in relief and picked up a strikeout to get GW out of the eighth inning jam. Pfau then retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to earn the save (1).
The Colonials added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning compliments of a two-out triple from second baseman
Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ / Wall), clinching the 4-1 win.
JMU starter LHP Jacob Cook (0-1) threw well, allowing one earned run and striking out five in 5.1 innings.
The win is the Colonials third straight, overall, against the Dukes and marks the first-ever three-game winning streak for GW in 43 meetings in the series, which dates back to 1975. The victory also improves GW's win streak against Colonial Athletic Association teams to 16.
GW travels to Chapel Hill, NC, for a three-game series against #4 North Carolina beginning Friday afternoon.
RHP Derrik Lutz Game time is 3:00 pm.
Game time is 3:00 pm.