Baseball Beats Norfolk State, 12-1, For 11th Straight Win, Colonials Are 7-0 At Home As They Enter Conference Play
March 19, 2003
Arlington, VA -- The Colonials continued their winning ways today at Barcroft Park, defeating Norfolk State 12-1 behind the strong start of GW freshman Josh Wilkie. Wilkie struck out eight over six innings and earned his second win of the season. His ERA now drops to a team-low 2.95 and has the second highest strikeout total with 23. Sophomore slugger Ryan Roberson collected three RBI including one on a solo homer, his third of the year. Roberson now leads the team with 28 RBI, 10 more than any other Colonial. Going 2-for-4, he homered, singled and knocked in a run on his fourth sacrifice fly of the year.
Norfolk State managed just four hits, with Wilkie allowing only three in six innings. The freshman pitcher threw eight strikeouts against only two walks. In fact, Norfolk State scored their only run in the first inning in spite of a Wilkie strikeout of leadoff hitter Cameron Jones. Jones, who swung on a ball in the dirt, advanced to first when the ball skipped passed catcher Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron) and lodged in the backstop. Jones would later score on a ground out to the shortstop after advancing to third on one of three singles allowed by Wilkie. Wilkie would role the rest of the way, retiring 15 of the next 16 batters he faced including a run of stopping nine straight Spartan batters.
As they have done all year, the Colonials answered when they fell behind by one after the top of the first. GW unleashed seven runs in the bottom half of the first inning off of seven hits, three of which were doubles. While the Spartans replaced starting pitcher Kevin Jenkins (0-1) after the first inning, the Colonials runs did not run dry. They scored one more in the bottom of the second on Roberson's sacrifice fly and then collected two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) who was named the National Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association lifted his average to .375 by going 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and a stolen base. Raglani, a sophomore, has started all 19 games for the Colonials and leads the team in runs (24), slugging percentage (.594), doubles (9) and walks (14). Michalski had two doubles on the day and now has seven this year. Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA/Fayette County) collected two hits, two runs and two RBI in his second start for GW, his average improved to .357.
The Colonials begin conference play this weekend at Rhode Island with a doubleheader on Saturday and a game on Sunday. GW has jumped to their best start since 1957 and they have now won 11 consecutive games. This matches the Colonials best winning streak of the 2002 season when the club won the Atlantic 10 Championship. The longest winning streak in GW history was set by the 1988 team when they won 13 in a row.
The only other Atlantic 10 team to have a stronger start than GW is Richmond who are 13-2 leading up to conference play. Rhode Island is 5-10 so far this year and GW has an 8-3 edge in all-time play against the Rams. While the two clubs did not meet last year, GW won two of three against URI in 2001.