Baseball Back To .500 After 10-0 Shutout Of Towson In Fourth-Straight Win
Josh Wilkie Pitches Six Shutout Innings Allowing Only One Hit While Owens And Roberson Homer On Consecutive Days
March 10, 2004
TOWSON, MD - The George Washington Colonials have battle their way back to .500 by winning their fourth straight game in-a-row with a 10-0 shutout of the Towson Tigers. Sophomore starter Josh Wilkie pitched six awesome shutout innings allowing only one hit and needing only 69 pitches to earn his first win in his fourth outing. Matt Owens and Ryan Roberson each hit a home run for GW for the second time in two days to lead the Colonials second-straight double-digit offensive effort of 10 runs on 10 hits.
Wilkie rolled through the first six innings of the game averaging about 11 pitches per inning in his best start of the year. Amazingly he did not record a strikeout but got out 18 of the 20 batters he faced allowing only one walk and one hit. Nick Koken, Avi Rasowsky and Derrik Lutz each added a shutout inning for the Colonials in the combined shutout effort.
Offensively the Colonials bats came alive early again as the team scored in five of the first six innings. In the second inning Brad Rosenblat and Jeff Fertitta both reached base as the result of a walk and a hit batter before each moved up a base on a passed ball. With two outs and two men on, freshman second baseman Josh Goldberg drilled a ball to deep center over the center fielders head, scoring the first two runs for GW. Goldberg would then score on Owens' fourth home run of the year a 400-plus home run to center field. Owens, who homered on Tuesday, now leads the Colonials in home runs bringing power to GW's leadoff spot.
The Colonials scored two more in the third after Anthony Raglani was hit by a pitch and Ryan Roberson singled a ball back to the pitcher that hit his glove and could not be handled in time by the shortstop. Smith, who is leading the team in batting with a .382 average, then drove in the first of his two RBI on a double to center field. Rosenblat drove in the second run of the inning on a ground out. In the fourth, Owens led off with a walk and scored for his team-leading 11th time when Raglani doubled down the right field line for his team-leading 11th RBI of the year. Raglani was thrown out trying to steal third with Roberson up and on the very next pitch Roberson hit a home run to left center field for his third of the season.
Rosenblat scored in the fifth and Raglani scored in the sixth after doubling to right field. Raglani two doubles, after hitting two homers on Tuesday, gives him 36 in his career despite only being a junior. He now needs just five more to make GW's all-time top 10 list this season. Raglani is now batting .358 and is leading the team in on-base percentage at .452, doubles with four and hits with 19. Fertitta, who was 0-1 amazingly reached base all five times to the plate. He reached on a fielder's choice, was hit by a pitch and walked three times. He now needs just 11 walks to make GW's all-time top 10 list. He is already on the list tied for 10th with 118 RBI and is just three home runs shy of the 10th place mark. Roberson who has homered thrice this season is just six shy of the list as a junior and needs 24 RBI and 14 doubles to make the mark.
Towson managed only three hits on the day in the Colonials first shutout of the year and a nine-inning game at that. Nick Koken was the Colonials first reliever and he gave up two hits on his first two pitches. He helped his cause however on the third batter he faced when he started an unusual double play. The ball was hit back at Koken and he managed to tip the ball with his glove which directed it to Colonials shortstop Geoff Milsom who threw to second baseman Goldberg who finished the double play with a throw to first for a 1-6-4-3 groundball double play.
The most unusual play of the day, however, came in the third inning. Wilkie allowed a double to right field which was down the line and just out of the reach of GW right fielder Brad Rosenblat. Not to be outdone, Rosenblat made an amazing diving play on the next batter when he laid-out to catch a sinking line-drive. After making the catch, he jumped to his feet and sprinted to second base for an amazing unassisted double play to end the inning and the Tigers hopes of scoring a run. Towson's runner left early not expecting the agile right fielder to be able to be able to make a play on the line drive. Rosenblat who has been an outstanding fielder all year was responsible for an amazing nine putouts in the game, highlighted by one of the rarest double plays that you will ever see in a baseball game.
The Colonials (7-7) will now play their next 14-straight games at Barcroft Park to close out the remainder of March. Not only do the Colonials have a four-game winning-streak going into this home stand, but GW is undefeated at home this year with a perfect 5-0 record. In fact, the Colonials have won 24 of their last 27 games at Barcroft Park and have not lost at home since losing, 5-4, to Dayton on May, 10, 2003. The clubs weekend series against Cleveland State will be played on Friday at 2:30 pm, Saturday at 1:00 pm and Sunday at noon.