Baseball Doubles Up Dayton, Winning Second Game 3-0
Josh Wilkie Pitches A Complete-Game Shutout For His Fourth Victory
April 24, 2004
DAYTON, OH - George Washington swept Dayton in Saturday's doubleheader with a 3-0 game two victory. Colonials' starter Josh Wilkie threw a complete-game shutout allowing only five hits over seven innings for his fourth victory of the year. The sophomore leads the Colonials with a 2.70 ERA.
Wilkie needed virtually no run support to lead the Colonials (27-14, 11-3) over the Flyers (17-21, 6-8 A-10) in game two of an A-10 doubleheader. Matt Owens and Anthony Raglani both scored unearned runs in the first inning to launch the Colonials effort. Owens reached on an error by the second baseman and two batters later, Raglani drove him in from second on a single. Anthony Smith then knocked in his namesake on a single through the right side. Smith has now collected 55 RBI during his freshman campaign to lead the Colonials and the conference. In fact, entering this week's play, Smith was tied for 18th in the country with 1.40 RBI per game a formidable figure which he has now raised to 1.45.
In the fourth, Geoff Milsom double to leadoff the inning and was knocked in by Matt Owens to tally the games final run as the Colonials closed the door on the Flyers. Milsom has marched up the average list and is now third on the Colonials roster hitting .345. Tom Shanley who is second at .350 singled in his final at bat of the day to extend his team-high hitting streak to 12 games. The sophomore has now hit safely in 23 of his last 24 games.
Wilkie has been dominant in most of his starts this season and has not allowed a run in his last 14 innings. Against Richmond he threw seven shutout innings in what became a 10-inning Colonials victory on a walk off home run by Shanley. Earlier in the year, Wilkie went 27 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run.
The Colonials will go for the sweep on Sunday with a noon-time start. Smith will take his 5-1 record into the game as the starter for the Colonials. GW is first place in the Atlantic 10 West with an 11-3 record having won all five conference series. The Colonials also have the best overall record in the A-10 and trail only Rhode Island who is 12-2 and plays in the A-10 East, for the best conference record.
The Colonials play La Salle on the road next weekend followed by their last home weekend when they play host to Xavier. There has been a schedule change in GW's final A-10 weekend at Duquesne. Due to graduation on Sunday May, 16th the Colonials will play their games on Friday and Saturday. The Colonials will play a seven inning game at Duquesne on Friday at 3:00 pm. On Saturday, the Colonials and the Dukes will play a seven inning game starting at noon followed by a nine inning affair.