Baseball Swats Six Homers In 16-3 Victory Over UMBC To Go 5-0 At Home
March 9, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - GW (6-7) improved to one game of .500 with a 16-3 victory at Barcroft Park over UMBC (2-9). The Colonials collected twice as many home runs as they have in any other game this season when they exploded for six round trippers and 18 hits. Anthony Raglani led the charge with his first two bolts of the year as the Colonials extended their unbeaten streak at home to five games. GW has won 24 of its last 27 games at home and will play the next 14 games at home after Wednesday road trip to Towson. Dan Pfau also remained unbeaten as he improved his all-time record to 8-0 in the win.
GW tagged UMBC starter Jon Pavlis, who dropped to 0-4, for five runs, three of them earned, in the first two innings of play. In the first inning, Pavlis threw more than 35 pitches and gave up five hits, four of them with a full count. Matt Owens singled to left center in a classic leadoff at bat and with one out, Raglani started the Colonials siege with a two-run home run for his first of the year. Raglani again belted a ball to score two when he came to the plate in the second. All told, he collected four RBI and three runs while going three-for-five with two homers.
Ryan Roberson, who went four-for-five with three runs and two RBI also scored in the first after singling and scoring on Brad Rosenblat's groundout. Both of the Colonials runs were unearned in the second as Geoff Milsom reached first on an error by the pitcher. The first baseman flipped him the ball on a routine grounder and he ran directly over first base without ever touching it with his foot for the force out. Anthony Smith, who went three-for-four with a run, a double and an RBI, also reached on an error in the second inning when the third baseman badly misplayed a high pop up.
With a comfortable cushion the Colonials scored one run on a Smith RBI single in the fourth before coming alive again in the sixth. GW jumped on UMBC's Bo Sauter in the sixth for seven runs on five hits, three of which were homers. Raglani singled followed by Roberson's two-run home run for his second of the year. Smith then doubled and Sauter was removed after getting one more out. His replacement Steve Evans was treated no better when his first offering to freshman Josh Goldberg was deposited over the center field wall for the first homer of his career. After two walks, Milsom mashed a three-run homer to right field for the first of his season. The Colonials completed their scoring with three more runs in the eighth two of which came on an Owens home run. This is the first double digit score the Colonials have posted this year and they are now outscoring opponents 44-20 at home.
Colonials starter Pfau improved to 2-0 this season and a perfect 8-0 in his career in an effective six inning performance. He allowed only one run on six hits with one walk. He struck out three in his fourth appearance and third start of the year. With a perfect career record, Pfau is at the top of GW's all-time winning percentage list. Senior captain Dennis Gramolini, who is tied for second in winning percentage at 5-1, pitched two innings today. He allowed two runs and three hits while walking one and striking out two. He now needs just five more appearances to enter GW's all-time top 10 career list. David Cutler closed out the game with a scoreless ninth and a strikeout in his season's second showing.
The Colonials will take their three-game winning streak up to Baltimore on Wednesday when they play at Towson at 2:30 pm. Sophomore Josh Wilkie is expected to start for GW in a game that could bring the team back up to the .500 mark after a slow start. GW is perfect at home, however, and will play 14-straight games at Barcroft Park during the remainder of March. GW hosts Cleveland State this weekend in a three-game Friday, Saturday and Sunday series. The Colonials will play at 2:30 pm, 1:00 pm and noon respectively. The Colonials are undefeated at home since losing, 5-4, to Dayton on May, 10, 2003.