Baseball Ignited By Simpson's Two Home Runs To Win Home Opener, 7-6
Feb. 24, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - George Washington baseball came back to beat Georgetown 7-6 in the Colonials home opener on a cold and rainy day at Barcroft Park. The two teams battled for nine innings with the Colonials winning on an RBI single to center field from senior captain Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Freshman Bill Simpson (Old Westbury, NY/Carle Place/South Carolina) celebrated his first collegiate start with two home runs igniting the Colonials comeback.
"I thought that we were in the game the whole time but just needed a spark to put us ahead" Simpson said after the game. The freshman, who is GW's first-ever High School All-American, ignited GW's efforts when he smashed two home runs generating three critical RBI. Simpson's solo shot in the fourth inning broke the ice and his two-run blast way over the fence in left center field tied the game at six in the seventh inning.
The Colonials (1-3) were finally able to generate some run support for their pitchers on 11 hits compared to Georgetown's (1-5) six runs on nine hits. Unfortunately GW's fielding somewhat undermined their offensive outbreak. Four GW errors accounted for three of Georgetown's six runs. The Colonials errors were however the result of a rain-soaked infield resulting in three throwing errors and a steady rain creating poor visibility on an otherwise routine pop up to the second baseman.
Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central) took his perfect (6-0) career record into battle and was rattled for five hits in four innings, although only two of his five runs were earned. The sophomore starter had two strikeouts and two walks. GW's relief came in the form of Nick Koken (Basking Ridge, NJ/Immaculata) who earned his first win of the year after shutting down the Hoyas allowing by allowing only one run off of four hits in four innings of work. Avi Rasowsky (Glenmont, NY/Bethlehem Central) earned the save after working a scoreless ninth despite giving up two walks.
Sophomore Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA/Fayette County) started things up for the Colonials' effort with a leadoff double and added a second double in the sixth that led to a run. Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD/James H. Blake) added two more RBI to lead the team with four. Fertitta's game-winning RBI leaves him just four shy of breaking into the Colonials top 10 list.
This was Koken's first win of the season and the seventh of his career. The save, was Rasowsky's first of his career despite having made 32 appearances. The junior needs 18 appearances the rest of the year to make GW's top 10.
The Colonials will face Old Dominion in Norfolk, VA at 3:00 pm on Wednesday. The game can be followed on Gametracker through the www.GWsports.com.