Baseball Beats James Madison 10-1 In Newport News
Colonials Start Season 4-1 And Face No. 1 Georgia Tech On Friday
Feb. 25, 2003
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Jeff Fertitta and Geoff Milsom combined for four hits and five RBI to lead defending Atlantic 10 champion George Washington to a 10-1 victory against James Madison in non-conference college baseball Tuesday. The game was played at Christopher Newport University as the home fields of both GW and JMU remain covered with snow.
Fertitta, a junior first baseman, gave the Colonials (4-1) a 2-0 lead with a two-run double in the first inning. Milsom, a sophomore second baseman, increased the lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning with his first homer of the season. Milsom's only hit last year was a homerun while playing for Notre Dame. Both players drove in a run during a five-run seventh inning for the Colonials, Fertitta singled and Milsom doubled.
The Colonials also had a two-run single by freshman shortstop Tom Shanley. His two-out hit gave GWU a 5-0 lead after six innings. Shanley, who was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week during the first week of the season, leads the team at the plate with eight hits and a .400 batting average. He also has four RBI and two runs.
GW used several different pitchers in the game and ultimately sent six to the mound. Junior left-hander Dan Sullivan pitched three scoreless innings in his strong start. Sullivan's ERA remains at 0.00 after pitching eight scoreless innings so far this season and striking out three. The win went to Avi Rasowsky (1-0) who completed the fifth inning and struck out two of the four batters he faced in 1.1 innings of work. Josh Wilkie and then Dan Pfau also pitched 1.1 shutout innings in relief. Wilkie has not yet given up a run this season while Pfau recorded the victory against Stetson on the opening night of the Colonials season.
The Dukes (0-5) avoided the shutout in the top of the ninth when senior center fielder Brent Metheny drove home freshman third baseman Nate Schill with a two-out double. Schill, who had two singles as JMU's only player with multiple hits, had walked to start the ninth.
JMU junior left-hander Kurt Isenberg (0-1) was tagged with the loss. He started and worked into the seventh before yielding to the bullpen. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits, hit three batters, walked two and struck out eight.
JMU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 4
GWU 2 0 0 0 1 2 5 0 x 10 9 0
Isenberg, Maley (7), Nesbitt (7) and Deuchler
Sullivan, Garner (4), Rasowsky (5), Wilkie (6), Pfau (7), Koken (9).
W - Rasowsky (1-0) L - Isenberg (0-1)
HR: GWU - Milsom, none on in fifth (1) Att: 30 Time: 2:36