Baseball Wins 5-0 In Shutout Of Marist To Even Record, 10-10
March 20, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - Colonials baseball won the second game of a doubleheader with Marist in a 5-0 five-hit shutout. Sophomore Josh Wilkie pitched a complete game for his second win striking out five on five hits with no runs and no walks. Wilkie lowered his ERA to 2.43 as the Colonials even their record at 10-10.
The Colonials put up some early runs in the nightcap of a doubleheader where they could only muster one in the first game. GW jumped ahead early when three of their first four batters scored. Mickey Shupin singled and scored in his first two at bats in his first start as the Colonials leadoff hitter. In the first inning Tom Shanley advanced his roommate Shupin on a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. Shupin then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single from Anthony Raglani. Ryan Roberson then drove in Raglani with a double down the right field line. Jeff Fertitta then singled to right to score Roberson to put the Colonials up 3-0 after the first inning. Fertitta who caught for the second game drove in the 122 run of his career and is 10th all-time at George Washington.
GW would add two more runs in the second inning on Marist's starter Jonathan Smith who allowed five runs on seven hits through one and a third innings. Bill Simpson singled up the middle to lead off the second and Shupin slapped his second single to center. Tom Shanley then singled to load the bases for Raglani. Raglani was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count to pick up his second RBI of the day. Roberson then also picked up his second RBI when he lined a ball to center field for a sacrifice fly that scored Simpson.
Wilkie was the story for GW as he pitched an effective and efficient shutout. He needed only 82 pitches to work seven scoreless innings in which he allowed just five hits without issuing a walk. Wilkie improved to 2-1 on the year in his five starts and six appearances. He is tied for second on the team with 16 strikeouts and has the second lowest ERA at 2.43.
After splitting Saturday's doubleheader, GW and Marist will play a decisive nine-inning game on Sunday starting at 1:00 pm. Sophomore Dan Pfau will pitch for the Colonials hoping to improve on his perfect 9-0 career record at George Washington. GW hopes to improve above .500 for the second time this season as they take on the 3-11 Red Foxes.