Baseball Blanks Vermont, 6-0
Senior Ryan Roberson's three-run blast in the first leads Colonials to victory
March 13, 2005
ARLINGTON, VA - George Washington University junior RHP Josh Wilkie (Alpharetta, GA) and freshman RHP Joel Brookens (Fayetteville, PA) combined on a two-hit shutout to lead the GW baseball team to a 6-0 victory over Vermont on Sunday, March 13, at Barcroft Park in Arlington. With the win, the Colonials improve to 6-6 overall on the season.
After dropping the first two games of the series on Saturday, the Colonials jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the third game of the series and received a strong starting performance from Wilkie as he gave up just two hits in 7.1 innings of work.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, Catamounts' starter Chris Blazek issued back-to-back walks to junior Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY) and senior Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA). After a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, senior Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD) took Blazek's 2-1 offering over the left field fence for his third home run of the season to stake the Colonials with a 3-0 advantage.
GW's offense was clicking once again in the second as junior Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA) and sophomore Bill Simpson (Old Westbury, NY) led off with back-to-back singles. With one out, senior Geoff Milsom (New York, NY) made it 4-0 Colonials with a single to center field to plate Owens.
Wilkie, meanwhile, retired the first five batters he faced and didn't allow a hit until a two-out single from catcher Matt Naimoli in the fifth following consecutive strikeouts.
The Colonials added two more runs in their half of the seventh as Milsom led off the inning with a double to right field. Sophomore Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ) reached base after getting hit by a pitch and one batter later, Rosenblat singled to score Milsom and an error by leftfielder Andrew Folley allowed Shupin to cross the plate giving GW a 6-0 lead.
Wilkie tossed 7.1 innings to earn the win and improve to 1-1 on the season as he gave up just two hits, while posting 11 strikeouts. Brookens came in and pitched the final 1.2 innings, recording three strikeouts.
Offensively, Roberson finished 1-for-4 with three RBI, while Milsom and Simpson each had two hits.
The Colonials (6-6) are back in action on Monday, March 14, when they host Buffalo at Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA, at 2:30 p.m.
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