Baseball Blasts Blue Hens 11-2 With Tom Shanley Grand Slam Homer
March 30, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - George Washington (16-11, 2-1) dismantled Delaware (13-10, 03) with an 11-2 victory at Barcroft. Tom Shanley hit a grand slam home run and extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a four hit, five RBI performance. Anthony Smith was brilliant on the mound picking up his team-leading fourth win with nine strikeouts while throwing a no-hitter into the fifth of his six-inning start.
Smith last week's Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, played king of the mound and was untouchable through his first four innings of work. He did not allow a hit until Hen's catcher Kelly Buber hit a single to left field to lead of the fifth. Smith's response was to strikeout three of the next four batters he faced. Smith started out unstoppable and improved with time strikeout seven in his final eight outs including five in-a-row. Smith earned his fourth win in his seventh start and for the second straight start did not allow a run. Smith pitched six innings allowing no runs and only one hit while striking out nine and walking two. Smith's seven starts is the most on the club during which he has collected 32 strikeouts.
GW loaded the bases in the first, second, third and fifth innings scoring four in the second and third. After failing to score in the first inning with ducks on the pound, GW strung together four singles in the second. In the third Chad Kerfoot who picked up a loss in his first start loaded the bases on two walks and hitting a batter. Tom Shanley stepped to the plate and slammed a grand homer to left field on a 0-1 cover ball. Shanley had four consecutive hits and raised his average from .355 to .383, tied for the team lead. Shanley, who led the A-10 with a .398 average last year, is now fifth all-time at with .393 at GW.
In the second inning, Jeff Fertitta picked up the 125 RBI of his career which moves him into a tie for ninth place all-time at GW. He then hit the 29th double of his career to lead of the fourth inning. He would score on an RBI double from Brad Rosenblat who went one-for-one but reached base three other times on two walks and being hit by a pitch for a seventh time.
Matt Owens opened the fifth with his second single of the game. Shanley singled but was thrown out when Anthony Raglani grounded into a fielder's choice. Owens and Raglani both scored on a two-run single to left center from Geoff Milsom for GW's final runs. Kerfoot was tagged with all 11 GW runs.
With an 11-0 lead the Colonials were able to give some pitchers work throwing three, David Cutler, Dennis Gramolini and Bill Simpson who each pitch an inning. Cutler walked the leadoff man in the seventh and then gave up a double to Buber who had both of Delaware's two hits. Pinch hitter Ed McDonnell had a sacrifice fly to score the first run and pinch hitter Brian Flynn grounded out to Shanley at second but drove in Delaware's second and final run.
Cutler could have gotten out of the inning on the next batter but dropped the throw from Fertitta when he went to cover first. After a walk he would get a force out to end the inning. The other GW error occurred on a ground ball to third baseman Ryan Roberson to lead off the eighth. Roberson more than made up for himself when he started a double play on the next batter and then ended the inning with a great play on a grounder from the cleanup hitter.
Gramolini made his fourth appearance of the year retiring the three batters he faced in the eighth. With 47 appearances to his name, he now needs just three more to make GW's all-time list. Simpson pitched a scoreless and hitless ninth to close out the game. Simpson started the game as the designated hitter going two-for-four with two runs and an RBI before appearing as the pitcher in the ninth. Simpson who pitched for the third time remains the only GW pitcher to have not allowed a run all season.
GW benefited from and capitalized on five walks and having four hitters hit by pitches. The Colonials scored 11 runs on 12 hits but amazingly managed to leave 11 runners on base when they left the bases loaded three times. Delaware on the other hand hardly had a hit going without one until the first batter in the fifth inning. The Blue Hens laid a goose egg until scoring in the seventh. The Colonials are now 7-0 when they have a double-digit run total and the club is 8-0 when wearing their gold uniforms. The team has one more home game left in their 14-game home stand and they are 9-4 through 13 games. GW is 14-4 at home this season and have won 33 of their last 40 home games over the last two years.
With the victory the Colonials now lead the all-time series with Delaware 10-9. The Colonials have won their last two games while the streaky Blue Hens have dropped their last seven after having won 13 straight games. The Colonials conclude their home stand on Wednesday with a 2:30 game against Coppin State. GW is a perfect 26-0 all-time against Coppin State having played the Eagles last in 1999. Junior Nick Koken will get the start for the Colonials for his first pitching start since his freshman year.