Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader With 4-2 Game Two Victory Versus Vermont
Dan Sullivan Pitches Complete Game Win, Anthony Smith Pinch Hits Homer
March 7, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - The Colonials (5-7) finished a two-game sweep of Vermont (0-2) with a 4-2 victory in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader. Anthony Smith hit a pinch hit home run to put the Colonials ahead after earning the win as a pitcher in game one. Smith's two-run shot was a shot in the arm for GW and put the team up for good over the Catamounts. Dan Sullivan pitched a complete game for his first victory of the year. The junior ace allowed two runs in the first inning before hitting his stride and holding Vermont scoreless for the final six innings of play while striking out seven batters.
Sullivan gave up three of his six hits and two of his three walks in the first inning and was tagged for two runs. The Catamounts started with a double to the second baseman with Vermont's Jason Carey beating Sullivan to first base. After striking out Barry Chamberland, Sullivan walked the next two batters while Carey swiped two steals and advanced to third. Carey scored on a single through the left side of the infield and Kyle Brault scored on a single hit off of Sullivan's left leg. After a shaky start, Sullivan settled into a groove and shut down Vermont the rest of the way. He scattered just three more hits and one walk over the next six innings en route to his first victory and complete game of the year. Sullivan allowed only one Catamount to advance past second base the rest of the game.
Offensively, Josh Goldberg got GW going with a double along the left field line to open the third inning. Michael Parker advanced him to third on a single up the middle and he scored when Matt Owens grounded into a double play. Trailing by a run in the fifth inning, Brad Rosenblat opened the inning by reaching on a walk. Vermont's left handed starter Chris Blazek remained in the game to strike out Bill Simpson and was then replaced by righty Jared Slater. Colonials coach Tom Walter countered the move by pinch hitting Anthony Smith in place of Goldberg. Smith answered the call with a two-run home run that put GW up for good. GW added an insurance run in the sixth led off by Anthony Raglani's second double of the year. Ryan Roberson then moved him to third and Jeff Fertitta scored him on a sacrifice fly to left field. Despite being out-hit eight to six by the Catamounts, GW earned their second win of the day 4-2.
The Colonials are a perfect 4-0 at home so far this season. The club was 19-3 in 2003 and has won 23 of their last 26 games at Barcroft Park. GW has 17 more games at home in March alone and play next on Tuesday against UMBC at 2:30 pm. The Colonials are 1-7 on the road and will play at Towson on Wednesday at 2:30 pm. Sophomores lefty Dan Pfau and righty Josh Wilkie are expected to start in GW's next two contests.