Baseball Shuts Out Navy 8-0 On Nick Koken's Eight-Strikeout Victory
Nick Koken Starts While Bill Simpson Homers And Pitches Two Scoreless Innings
April 6, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - George Washington extended its winning-streak to six-in-a-row with an 8-0 shutout of Navy (10-22, 4-4) at Barcroft Park. The Colonials (20-11, 5-1) have now won 11 of their last 12 games and 34 of their last 41 at home. Nick Koken earned the win in his first start since freshman year with eight strikeouts and no walks in five scoreless innings of work.
Bill Simpson relieved Koken after five innings to throw two scoreless innings of his own. Simpson has not allowed a run to score in six innings as a pitcher this season. The freshman who started as the designated hitter also helped offensively with a two-run home in the fifth inning for his third of the year.
Mickey Shupin who started as the second baseman and leadoff hitter started the scoring for the Colonials in the first. He led off with a single to the third baseman which he beat out. Then in classic baseball fashion, Tom Shanley slapped a ball through the right side of the infield exploiting Navy's second baseman who left early to cover the bag with Shupin in motion on the play. Shupin would advance to third on the hit-and-run and scored on a sacrifice fly from Anthony Raglani.
In the third, Raglani reached on a walk and scored on a double from Ryan Roberson. Roberson took advantage of an errant throw home from the left fielder and advanced to third. After his double in the third, Roberson was driven in on a sacrifice fly from Anthony Smith. Fertitta then walked and advanced to second on a steal. He needs just five more walks to move into GW's all-time top 10 list as a senior. Brad Rosenblat then drove in Fertitta with a two out double into the left field corner to put GW up 4-0.
Joe Michalski added a run for GW in the fourth when he reached base by being hit by a pitch. Shupin, who had two singles in his 10th career start, moved Michalski to second when he slapped a single through the left side. After Shanley fouled out, Raglani grounded into a fielder's choice that did not result in an out. Raglani grounded the ball to the first baseman who made a throw to the shortstop at second that sailed into the outfield. The throw was not off the mark by much but the shortstops view was obstructed by Shupin and it allowed Michalski to score the whole way from second.
In the fifth inning Fertitta who went two-for-three picked up his first single of the day but he was thrown out stealing. Rosenblat was then hit by a pitch for the team leading eighth time. Simpson then hit his third career home run with a two-run shot. This was Simpson's first home run since February 27th at Texas San Antonio.
Roberson scored GW's final run in the bottom of the eighth when he hit a single for his third hit of the game. Roberson hit the ball to right and the right fielder misplayed the ball into a hit by back peddling rather than charging the ball. When he then rushed in to make the catch the ball bounced in front of him and then off of his glove allowing Roberson to advance to second on the error. Roberson then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Smith's second RBI of the game. On the day Roberson picked up four extra bases with heads-up base running. He took advantage of two outfield errors, one wild pitch and also stole a base for his team-leading eighth steal of the season.
George Washington defeated Navy in their first rematch since the Midshipmen knocked the Colonials out of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Koken was sharp in his first start since freshman year allowing five hits and no runs through five innings. Simpson pitched two scoreless innings allowing just his second hit of the season in six total innings of work. Avi Rasowsky pitched a scoreless and hitless eighth in his team-high 14th appearance of the year. Rasowsky now needs just six more appearances to make GW's all-time list as a junior. Derrik Lutz who has two of the Colonials six saves completed the game by throwing a scoreless ninth.
GW will take their season-best six game winning streak to Philadelphia, PA where the Colonials continue Atlantic 10 play with a three game series against Saint Joseph's. Due to Easter, the two teams will play two games on Friday and a single game on Saturday. The Colonials hold a 16-7 edge over the Hawks all-time. The teams did not play last year but GW won the last two out of three game series against Saint Joseph's in 2002.