Baseball Clips Hawks 7-4 In Game One For Seventh Straight Win
April 9, 2004
NORRISTOWN, PA - The Colonials outlasted the Hawks coming back to win game one by a score of 7-4. George Washington (21-11, 6-1) improved its winning streak to seven straight games and now has the most conference wins in Atlantic 10 with six while Saint Joseph's (6-28, 1-6). Anthony Raglani led the way for GW with a two-run homer in the top of the seventh and final inning.
The Colonials did not score until the fifth inning and were out-hit by the Hawks 8-7 but the club scored three runs in the fifth followed by two in the final two innings. Dan Sullivan improved his record to 4-3 with a seven strikeout performance. He pitched five and two thirds of an inning allowing four runs on all eight SJU hits and two walks. Derrik Lutz came in relief to get the final four outs with a 7-4 score. Lutz earned his third save of the year which is tied with Nick Koken for the Colonials lead.
Saint Joseph's scored one run in the third through the sixth innings. In the third, a double from Jason Tarewicz scored Brian Schappert who had scored on a fielder's choice. In the fourth, Greg Mason drove in Ryan Stadanlick on a groundout after Stadanlick and Jason Volker had singled. In the fifth, Saint Joseph's tied the game at three with a gutsy double steal allowing Tarewicz to steal home with two outs and two strikes on the batter. Sullivan threw to first taking Saint Joseph's bait as they sent Bill McCollum early. Anthony Smith took the throw at first and threw home but the tying run was already well on its way to the plate. GW's catcher Fertitta blocked the plate but could not get the tag down in time. On the very next pitch Sullivan struck out the Hawks cleanup hitter to end SJU's threat.
The Colonials first runs came in the fifth leadoff by Brad Rosenblat's walk. Bill Simpson also walked but was thrown out at second on Geoff Milsom's ground out. Matt Owens was hit by a pitch and after a fly out for the second out, Raglani came to the plate with two outs and two runners on. Raglani responded and hit a two-run double down the right field line. In the sixth inning, Fertitta also hit a double scoring one to put GW ahead for good. Fertitta would then score the deciding run on a two-out RBI single from Milsom. After Tom Shanley, who doubled in the first inning, reached in the seventh on an error, Raglani added two insurance runs with a two-run home run to almost 400 feet to center field.