GW Bats Silenced by Michigan; Fall 3-0 in Day One of Coca Cola Classic
March 17, 2006
ROCK HILL, SC -The University of Michigan (5-6) manufactured one run in the first inning and two runs in the fifth to defeat George Washington University (4-12) 3-0 Friday afternoon in the first day of the Coca Cola Classic at the Winthrop Ballpark.
Colonials' starter LHP Dan Pfau (1-3) was extremely effective but was the hard luck loser, giving up four hits, just one for extra bases, and no walks in 6.0 innings.
Centerfielder Eric Rose led off the bottom of the first inning with a bunt base hit, stole second and then third base and scored on a groundout to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.
After using two singles to put runners on the corners with one out in the fifth inning, UM executed a successful double to steal to score first baseman Derek VanBuskirk, making it a 2-0 game. A throwing error on the play moved catcher Jason Chirstian to third base and was then pushed across on a sacrifice bunt from second baseman Jeff Kunkel, giving the Wolverines a 3-0 lead.
In his first collegiate start, UM RHP Zach Putnam allowed just one hit and struck out four in 4.0 innings. LHP Paul Hammond (1-2) came on in the fifth but left after 1.2 innings with an injury after covering first base on a grounder to first.
The GW offense never threatened as the Colonials got a runner to third base just once in the game.
Both teams posted five hits as right fielder Gavin Swanson (Reisterstown, MD / Calvert Hall) collected two for GW.
The loss gives the Colonials their first six-game losing streak since 1999 when they dropped seven straight.
GW faces Wagner Saturday afternoon in day two of the three day classic.
The Colonials will send RHP Josh Wilkie (2-2, 3.54 ERA) to the hill.
Game time is 4:30 pm.
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