Baseball Sweeps Duquesne With 7-3 Victory For 60th All-Time Win Over The Dukes
April 20, 2003
Arlington, VA - George Washington completed a three-game sweep of conference opponent Duquesne with a 7-3 victory on Easter Sunday at Barcroft Park. The Colonials picked up their 60th all-time victory against Duquesne behind the strong pitching of Freshman Josh Wilkie. Wilkie picked up his fourth win in eight excellent innings of work. Anthony Raglani came up big for the Colonials offensively with a three-run home run in the seventh after Duquesne scored two in the top-half of the inning. GW improved to 4-5 in the Atlantic 10 and the club is currently in fourth place in the A-10 West.
Wilkie pitched eight outstanding innings and did not give up a hit until the seventh. The freshman started the game by retiring the first eight Dukes' batters in order. He gave up only three hits and two runs over eight complete innings while striking out seven. Wilkie now has the lowest Colonials ERA at .325 to go with his 47 strikeouts this season.
GW led for the whole game scoring in the second, sixth and seventh innings. Duquesne made it close on a two-run home run by designated hitter Andy Gallina in the seventh inning. Gallina, who also had a homer in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader, has eight this year. The Dukes threatened again in the top of the ninth when Nick Koken walked two and gave up an RBI single to Chad Williams. The Dukes hopes were dashed when Tom Shanley ended the game with a leaping catch to rob Mike Grecco of what would have been a two-run scoring hit to left center. Koken successfully closed the 7-3 victory for GW finishing his 17th game of the year.
Anthony Raglani provided an offensive burst when he blasted a three-run home run to centerfield with one out in the seventh. Brad Rosenblat finished a strong week with a two-for-three performance today. He scored twice on his two hits one of which was a double to the leftfield fence. Rosenblat finished the week batting .467 (7-15) with a double, a triple and two home runs. He also had 11 RBI and five runs. His 16 total bases and 1.067 slugging percentage led the team over their five-straight wins this week.
Chris Barry made a diving catch in centerfield when he laid out for a line drive that was diving fast in front of him. While the senior captain did not get a hit on Sunday, he did collect a team-high 11 hits for a .611 average during the week. Tom Shanley also added some hitting to his glove-work at short. He leads the team with a .412 average this season while going .538 for the week. Shanley crafted two hits, including a double, on Sunday. Both hits eluded Duke infielders, one to the first base side and one to the third base side.
With Sunday's victory, the Colonials improve to 10-1 at home this season. GW leads the all-time series with Duquesne 60-13 and has the all-important head-to-head tiebreaker if needed this year. The Colonials are now positioned behind three teams in the Atlantic 10 West after this weekend's conference series. The best two teams in each division along with the next best two teams overall will advance to the conference tournament in Norwich, CT. The Colonials are 4-5 (.444) and trail No. 17 Richmond at 12-2 (.857), Xavier at 8-4 (.667) and Duquesne 9-6 (.600). Out of the twelve teams in the Atlantic 10 the Colonials are currently positioned ninth in terms of winning percentage and would need to move up three spots in the three weeks remaining in conference play to advance to the A-10 tournament.
Still up for GW in the regular season are three conference series and six non-conference games. The Colonials will host La Salle, 5-9 in the A-10, next weekend at Barcroft Park. They then travel to Richmond to take on last year's tournament championship rival with a doubleheader on Friday, May 2nd and a game on Saturday May 3rd. GW will conclude their regular season with a three-game weekend series at home against Dayton, which is 1-14 in the Atlantic 10.
The Colonials' next game is on Tuesday against Delaware at Barcroft Park with a 3:00 PM game time. GW won the last meeting of the two teams, 5-2, at Delaware on March 13th. The all-time series between the two opponents is 8-8 and Nate CasaGrande will take the mound for GW.