Baseball Rides Three Home Runs To Victory Over Monarchs, 8-6
March 2, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - The Colonials (3-6) claimed a victory in a tight rematch of last week's loss to Old Dominion (5-6) winning 8-6 at Barcroft Park today. The game featured six home runs including the first of the year for Colonials Tom Shanley, Ryan Roberson and Anthony Smith. Dan Pfau remained a perfect 7-0 in his career by earning his first victory of the year by pitching 7.2 innings. Nick Koken earned his ninth career save with 1.1 innings of scoreless and hitless relief work.
In a rematch of last week's wire-to-wire battle, the Colonials prevailed at home to remain 2-0 at Barcroft which will play host to 19 of their 21 games in March. GW answered quickly after ODU scored in the top of the third. In the bottom half of the inning Joe Michalski, who made his return behind the plate, hit a single for the second time in his two at bats this season. Shanley then hit a two-run homer turning on an inside pitch that tailed directly into the heart of the bat for a blast to left center. Junior Roberson then equaled the feat with his first home run of the year leaving him eight home runs shy of GW's top 10 list. After yielding two more runs for a 3-3 tie after the first half of the fourth inning the Colonials connected on a home run again. This time freshman Smith went yard for the first of his collegiate career.
Colonials' southpaw Pfau pitched an efficient and largely effective 7.2 innings for his first win of the season. After allowing a run in the third inning, Pfau's next five runs were the result of home runs. In fact, two of the three homers that he allowed came to the batter immediately following a walk resulting in two two-run round-trippers. Pfau allowed six runs on eight hits and threw four strikeouts to go with three walks. The sophomore remains unbeaten for the Colonials and extended his perfect record to 7-0. Koken closed for the Colonials earning his second save of the year by pitching 1.1 innings and striking out one. Koken now has nine saves and is just one shy of a tie for second place all-time at GW.
After ODU battled back to tie the game in the top of the seventh, the Colonials collected three-straight hits for four runs to go on top for good. Shanley improved his hitting streak to seven games adding a double to his dinger after Owens walked to lead off the inning. Anthony Raglani and Roberson each picked up his second hit and after an out, Geoff Milsom drove in a run with a double. Smith who had two RBI also added a sacrifice fly to score Roberson. Not only did the Colonials bats come alive for 10 hits, including three homers and two doubles, but their fielding finally looked sharp. Each infielder contributed with his glove to keep a grip on another close game with ODU.
GW plays JMU tomorrow in Harrisonburg, VA at 2:30 pm. The game can be viewed through gametracker at www.GWsports.com.