Baseball Picks Off Penn State With 11-6 Win, GW's 21st Victory Of The Year
April 16, 2003
STATE COLLEGE, PA - GW won for the second straight day with an 11-6 win over Penn State at Beaver Field on Wednesday. The Colonials collected 11 runs on 10 hits including a three-for-three performance by senior captain Chris Barry. Barry homered for the fifth time this year, while Brad Rosenblat hit his second home run in as many days.
George Washington took a 1-0 lead in the first on a solo home run by Barry, who is now tied for the team lead at five. Penn State starter Alan Stidfole had struck out the first two batters of the game before Barry's blast. He has had seven hits in two days including a three-for-three, three RBI, two run performance against Penn State.
The Colonials, who improved to 21-11, scored three more in the third and three in the fourth. Their three runs in the third came with two outs in the inning. Tom Shanley singled and Barry walked. Jeff Fertitta had a two-run double and then scored on an RBI single by Ryan Roberson. Fertitta becomes the second Colonial to reach 30 RBI or more this year and ended the day with 31 after collected three RBI and two runs on the day. Roberson also earned three more RBI bringing his team-high total to 40.
Geoff Milsom led off the fourth inning by offering at strike three in the dirt, but catcher Matt Harter couldn't handle the ball and Milsom reached on a wild pitch by Stidfole. Milsom moved over to third after Stidfole's failed pick-off throw went into rightfield. He scored on an RBI single by Travis Crowder. Shanley followed with a walk, Barry scored Crowder with an RBI single and Shanley scored on a sacrifice fly by Fertitta to make the score 7-0.
Dan Pfau who got the start for the Colonials pitched four solid innings giving up eight hits and weathering a three-run fourth. David Cutler got two outs in the fifth but not before allowing three more runs on three hits. The Lions crept back before Avi Rasowsky closed the door finishing out the fifth and pitching three more scoreless innings. Rasowsky earned the win, his second of the year, giving up only one hit and one walk while striking out two in 3 1/3 critical innings of relief. Nick Koken closed out the game for the Colonials, the 15th game he has finished, with a scoreless ninth.
The Colonials also called on some stellar defensive play to keep them ahead. Rosenblat, the rightfielder, threw out Penn State's Colin Runt at the plate to prevent the run and end the fourth inning. Milsom, the third baseman, was also responsible for saving some runs with his great glove work. He ended the third inning with a double play where he dove to catch a grounder in the gap, touched third and then met his mark with a throw to first. He also snagged a linedrive with a runner on first base in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Colonials scored three more runs in the sixth inning when Roberson hit a two-run double by and Rosenblat hit a sac fly. Rosenblat also added a solo homer in the eighth inning clearing the bases for the second time in two days.
The Colonials who are 1-5 in the Atlantic 10, face Duquesne in a critical three-game series at Barcroft Park this weekend. Duquesne is 8-3 in the A-10 and one spot behind No. 17 Richmond who leads the A-10 West. The top four A-10 teams will advance to the conference tournament and GW who has played only six A-10 games can quickly turn their winning percentage around with some victories. Saturday will feature a doubleheader starting at noon. Sunday's nine-inning game also starts at noon at Barcroft Park.