Baseball Wins Seventh Straight Game, 10-7, Over Delaware State Courtesy Of Five Home Runs
April 23, 2003
DOVER, DE -- The Colonials won their seventh consecutive game behind five home runs to outblast Delaware State 10-7. GW had two homers each by Matt Owens and Anthony Raglani. These two sluggers combined for four homers and eight hits in GW's 26th victory. Raglani leads the Atlantic 10 with 39 runs this year. Yesterday's hero, Joe Michalski also homered in the third inning. The Colonials had 13 hits and scored in the each of the final seven innings of the game.
Freshman Dan Pfau (3-0) pitched five strong innings to earn his third win of the year. He scattered five hits over five inning and gave up only one run on a solo homer by Nathan Babcock. Pfau had four strikeouts against two walks. Nick Koken picked up his conference leading sixth save of the year by pitching the final three innings.
Owens, who started as the leadoff hitter and center fielder, had two homers and doubled improving his season average to .326, from .268. Owens also scored four runs to go along with two RBI. Raglani also homered twice to give him six bolts this year. He also hit his 13th double and had two runs and three RBI in the four-hit performance. This dangerous duo combined for four homers, two doubles, eight hits, six runs and five RBI.
Tom Shanley, who entered the week with the 32nd best batting average in the nation, went three-for-five and is now batting .407. He had two RBI, one run and a stolen base. The freshman shortstop also had the highest on base percentage in the Atlantic 10 to start the week.
Delaware State kept things close when they scored six runs in seventh inning to come within one of GW. Dennis Gramolini, who had pitched a scoreless sixth was charged with five earned runs on five hits before Nick Koken entered the game in the seventh with no one out and four runs already across. Koken gave up a hit but then settled down and got out of the jam. Koken then pitched two scoreless innings to earn his league -leading sixth save of the year.
After Delaware State got within a run in the seventh inning, GW scored again in the top of the eighth. Jeff Fertitta hit a clutch double to score Brad Rosenblat and give the Colonials the 9-7 lead. Owens then hit his second homer in the top half of the final frame to give GW 10 runs for the game.
GW, who had suffered their only home loss of the year to Delaware State on March 25th, evened the all-time series at five games apiece. GW's overall record is 26-11 and they are 4-5 in the Atlantic 10 conference. The Colonials host La Salle this weekend for a crucial three-game series at Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA. Live stats for the series can be found online at GWsports.com.