Baseball Swats Hornets In 5-1 Win With 10 Anthony Smith Strikeouts
March 23, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - The Colonials improved to 12-10 with a 5-1 win over Delaware State (9-14) at Barcroft Park. Starter Anthony Smith was unstoppable for GW throwing an incredible 10 strikeouts over seven shutout innings. He only allowed five hits without issuing a walk in his third win of the year.
Smith made the most of his sixth career start earning a win and improving to 3-1 on the year. He struck out a career high 10 including four in-a-row and six in seven batters. Smith is not only one of the Colonials top pitchers but he is leading GW in several offensive categories. He leads the team with a .439 average, 32 RBI, eight doubles and a .785 slugging percentage. After pitching, the freshman stayed in the game as the DH.
Offensively, GW scored a run in innings two through five and then a final run in the seventh. The Colonials clubbed two solo home runs and two doubles on nine hits. GW capitalized on three DSU errors while the Hornets had eight hits of their own but could only muster a single run. Delaware State scored once in the eighth when DSU got three hits on Derrik Lutz in the eighth. The Colonials made only one error while GW pitchers got thirteen Hornets to strikeout out while only walking one when Nick Koken pitched a scoreless ninth. Koken is now tied with teammate Avi Rasowsky in career appearances and both need just 10 more to break into GW's top 10 list as a junior.
Ryan Roberson started the scoring when he hit his team-leading sixth home run of the year in the second inning to put GW up 1-0. He blasted a 2-2 pitch to left center field for the 20th of his career. Roberson now needs just two more to make GW's all-time top 10 list as a junior. He is also close to making the list in RBI where he needs just 15 and total bases where he needs 55 more. Roberson had a 2-2 day and was hit by two pitches after hits in his first two at bats. The junior raised his batting average to .391 and is leading the Colonials in hits with 34 and steals with five.
Geoff Milsom hit a solo home run to right center field in the third inning on an 0-1 count. The home run ties his total of two for all of last season. Milsom matched his home run total in his 21st game and needed only 10 games to reach his doubles total of last year with his fourth.
In the fourth, Roberson led off the inning with a single for his second hit of the day. He would be thrown out at second when Jeff Fertitta hit into a fielder's choice which should have been a double play except for a wild throw to first from the shortstop. Joe Michalski then singled for one of his two hits moving Fertitta to second. Both players moved to third on a double steal when the catchers throw was in the dirt to the third baseman. Brad Rosenblat then walked to load the bases. Geoff Milsom earned a RBI when he grounded out to the first baseman who kicked the ball eliminating his chance of a double play but recovering in time to flip the ball to the pitcher for the force out at first.
In the fifth, the Colonials scored a run in their fourth consecutive inning keyed by Matt Owens' leadoff double. He moved to third when Tom Shanley grounded the ball to the shortstop who made an off-target throw to first allowing Shanley to reach safely on the error. With runners at the corners, Anthony Raglani reached base on an unusual error. He hit a routine sacrifice fly to the right fielder who promptly dropped the ball. Owens scored as intended but Shanley was forced out at second when he assumed that the ball had been caught. Raglani who reached on what was both a sacrifice fly and a fielder's choice was then thrown out at second on a steal attempt.
Owens had his third hit in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored his second run courtesy of a Shanley double. Owens advanced to second on a passed ball and scored when Shanley drilled a ball off of the top rung of the left field fence. Shanley's double was his seventh of the year and he has already exceeded his total of six doubles last year when he was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. Shanley's bat has been on fire since his return from a hamstring. In his first at bat back in action on March 18th against James Madison, Shanley hit a double and he has a hit in all five games since then. During that time he is batting .412 with three doubles, four runs and four RBI.
Michalski who has also recently returned to the starting lineup for GW had two singles and a stolen base. Owens who had three hits today has eight in his last three games including five singles, a double today and a triple and homer on Sunday. GW's leadoff hitter has scored in each of his last six games average two runs a game over that time and is second on the team this year with 23 while raising his average to .282.
With the win, the Colonials are 10-3 at home this year and have won 29 of their last 35 home games over the last two years. The Colonials have one more non-conference game before A-10 play begins when they take on Norfolk State on Wednesday at 2:30 pm at Barcroft Park. GW will then play a three-game weekend series against Massachusetts at home to open Atlantic 10 conference play.