Baseball Wins Away, 10-8, At Delaware State On Two GW Homers
April 20, 2004
DOVER, DE - George Washington (25-14, 9-3 A-10) defeated Delaware State (18-19, 8-5 MEAC) 10-8. Nick Koken picked up his third win of the year while Derrik Lutz threw his fifth save. Tom Shanley extended his hitting streak to 10-straight games while Anthony Smith and Ryan Roberson each homered.
The Colonials jumped on the board early with four runs in the top of the first inning. While GW put the ball in play, all of the runs were unearned as DSU committed two errors with one out before the Colonials first run scored. Four of GW's first five batters scored as the Colonials batted around despite getting just two hits. Mickey Shupin, getting the start as the leadoff hitter and center fielder, walked to start the game. Tom Shanley hit the ball hard to the third baseman who fielded it cleanly but threw it at the second baseman's feet trying to force out Shupin who advanced to third on the throwing error. Brad Rosenblat, batting third for the first time this year drove a ball to center but not far enough to send the speedy Shupin from third. Ryan Roberson, who started in left field, walked to load the bases with one out. Jeff Fertitta, who started at third but was replaced in the defensive half of the first inning, grounded the ball to the second baseman for what should have been a fielder's choice. The second baseman tried to backhand the ball and it bounced off of the heel of his glove-hand and into the outfield for an error. Fertitta was credited with one RBI as both Shupin and Shanley scored but the second was on the error. The first Colonials player to actually get a hit in the inning was Anthony Smith who singled in Roberson to pick up his 50th RBI of the season. Michalski then double and drove in Fertitta for the Colonials fourth run of the game.
Delaware State answered with a sole run in the bottom half of the first inning when Colonials starter Nick Koken walked the leadoff man, Garrett Weir. Weir stole second and then stole third with Kelly Williams at the plate. Michalski's throw to second was a little high and just late but Milsom the third baseman tried to force the tag and missed the ball. It hit his mitt and rolled down the right field line. Weir scored on the play which was later made an earned run when Williams' fly-out was deemed deep enough to have scored him with a sacrifice on the next pitch.
GW earned two legitimate runs in the top of two on two hits. Shupin led off with a single up the middle and scored the whole way from first on a hit and run which Shanley smacked to right center for an RBI double. Rosenblat then drove in Shanley from second on an RBI single.
Shupin made to great running catches in center field on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning. Shupin usually plays second base and was a last minute substitute in center field earning his keep in the fourth. The first ball was hit to the power alley in left center field causing Shupin to run back and two his right. On the very next pitch he made running catch back and two his left to end the inning. The fourth inning was also Nick Koken's last inning of work. Due to GW prearranging to use at least three pitchers during the game, Koken was still credited with the win despite not pitching five innings. Koken is now 3-2 this season and 9-4 in his career leaving him five wins short of GW's all-time list.
In the fifth inning, Smith hit his 10th home run of the year tying the team high with a blast to right center field. Not to be outdone, Roberson hit his 11th homer of the year in the sixth inning a two run shot that scored Rosenblat who had double to get on base. The Colonials as a team have now hit 54 home runs compared to just 20 by their opponents. GW hit 91 homers in 2002 and need 37 more homers this season to break the single-season record.
Nate CasaGrande who pitched the fifth who made only his sixth appearance for GW looked almost unhitable at first. He struck out the first two batters on just eight pitches. He had two strikes on the number nine hitter C. J. Acker before losing him to a walk. Acker then advanced to third on two wild pitches and scored on a single by leadoff hitter Weir. After allowing a sole run on a hit, CasaGrande ended the inning with his third strikeout in as many outs.
After scoring two in the top of the sixth on Roberson's home run, GW gave up three runs in the bottom half of the inning on Dan Pfau on two singles and two walks. In the top of the seventh inning, Bill Simpson led off with a single up the middle. Smith singled moving Simpson to second. After an out Michael Parker, who got his first career the start at shortstop, looped a single over the second baseman's head to load the bases. With the bases loaded and only one out, Shupin had a chance to pick up his first RBI of the year. He did so by being hit by a pitch, but a run is a run and it put the Colonials up 10-6. DSU scored another run in the bottom of the seventh to keep things close and the Colonials just three runs away.
Avi Rasowsky entered in the bottom of the eight and gave up two singles to the first two batters. Kevin Hill grounded out to Rasowsky moving both runners over on the first out. Acker then fouled out to the catcher on the first pitch. Weir would drive a single to right field that scored one but Rasowsky struck out Norris Gordon on a pitch in the dirt for the final out of the inning. Michalski made a nice play to block the ball and make the throw to first.
Derrik Lutz pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his fifth save of the year. The freshman is now tied for ninth all-time in career saves. The game ended on a double play after several defensive changes in the top of the ninth inning.