GW Pitching Overpowers William & Mary
March 13, 2007
ARLINGTON, VA - In their 2007 home opener at Barcroft Park, George Washington (3-11) defeated William & Mary (9-10) Tuesday afternoon behind strong pitching from Jimmy Duggan and timely hitting from Charlie Kruer.
In just his third career start, and first of this season, Jimmy Duggan (Jefferson, MD/St. John's Prospect Hall) notched his first ever collegiate win. The tall right-hander struck out five over six innings and allowed just one run on three hits. Tyler Truxell (2-2), the starting pitching for W&M, took the loss after allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings of work.
Duggan, who made just two starts last year as a freshman, struggled early on with his command, walking five in the first four innings. In the top of the third, Duggan allowed the first two Tribe batters to reach base on balls. After a wild pitch, those two runners were in scoring position with nobody out. Duggan settled down and was able to force Mike Sheridan into an RBI-groundout for the first out of the inning and then got a line out and a strike out to retire the side.
With W&M still hanging out to their 1-0 lead as the teams entered the sixth inning, Duggan once again found himself in a tough spot. After retiring the lead-off man with a groundball to Michael Parker (Newton, MA/Newton South), Duggan issued three straight walks to load the bases with just one out and William & Mary's No. 5 hitter, Greg Maliniak, due up. Once again, Duggan buckled down and forced Maliniak into a 6-4-3- double play to get out of the inning.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Colonials were able to piece together three hits to score three runs and take the lead, and ultimately, the game. After a Whitey Wallace (Syracuse, NY/Phillip Exeter Academy) single through the right side, senior Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ/Wall) reached on a fielder's choice to give GW a runner at first with one out. Freshman Tom Zebroski (Port Washington, NY/Paul Schreiber) laid down a perfect bunt that found its way past the pitcher and third baseman for an infield hit. A Michael Parker walk loaded the bases for GW with still just one out.
Junior Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) then smacked a single into right field that plated both Shupin and Zebroski and gave the Colonials the 2-1 lead. After a Tribe pitching change, GW added their third and final run when junior Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA/Broad Run) hit a ground out to third base that allowed Parker to cross the plate.
Faizan Choudhry (Langley, BC/Langley Secondary) entered the game in the top of the seventh inning, charged with the task of preserving the Colonial win. The freshman, making his fifth appearance of the spring, did just that, as he allowed only one hit while striking out four over the final three innings to earn his first collegiate save. Choudhry retired the final seven batters he faced, in order.
GW improved their all-time mark against William & Mary to 33-15. The two teams will meet again, in Williamsburg, VA, on May 1.
The Colonials, winners of their past two games, continue their six-game home stand on Wednesday, Mar. 14, at 2:00 p.m., when they host George Mason. On Thursday, GW will welcome Georgetown to Barcroft Park at 3:00 p.m.
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