Baseball Wins 5-0 Shutout Of Hartford In Second Half Of Doubleheader
Nick Koken Earns Fourth Save, CasaGrande Wins Second In Three-Hitter
March 15, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- George Washington improved to 12-4 while Hartford dropped to 0-5 when the Colonials shutout the Hawks 5-0 in the second half of today's doubleheader at Barcroft Park. Two GW pitchers combined in the three-hit effort as the Colonials improved to 6-0 against the Hawks all-time. Nate CasaGrande (2-1) (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) earned the win while Nick Koken (Basking Ridge, NJ/Immaculata) picked up his fourth save of the year.
The Colonials scored three of their five runs in the fifth inning and had seven hits on the day. The Hawks hit only thrice while CasaGrande struck out six over four innings. Koken, who gave up no hits, added two more K's including the last out of the game. The Hawks' Tony Cekovsky was charged with the loss, his second.
Colonials' tri-captain Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) hit two sacrifice flies scoring Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) in the third and Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron) in the fifth. Crowder, who scored twice and stole twice, now has the fifth most stolen bases (53) in GW history, passing Orioles coach Sam Perlozzo '73.
Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) who had two doubles in the first game hit his team-leading ninth in game two. Raglani is now hitting .370 with a team-high .574 slugging percentage. Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY/Pine Plains) who leads GW in average (.397) failed to get a hit for the first game of his collegiate career. His hitting streak ends at an amazing 15 consecutive games. Asked about the streak Shanley said, "Out of everyone on the team, I think I was the least concerned about it." He quickly add, "I'll just have to start another one tomorrow."
GW and Hartford conclude their series at Barcroft Park tomorrow at noon. The Colonials will pitch freshman Dan Pfau who is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA. The Colonials are undefeated at home this year and have won their last eight games since losing three straight to No. 1 Georgia Tech. This is the Colonials strongest start in coach Tom Walter's tenure.