Baseball Moves Into Playoff Position, 6th In A-10, With 9-2 Win Over La Salle
April 26, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- GW Baseball took both games of a critical doubleheader against La Salle at Barcroft Park with a 9-2 win in game two. Dan Sullivan pitched a complete game scattering nine hits and giving up two runs while striking out eight and walking none. Ryan Roberson who leads the A-10 in RBI and is in the Top 10 in the Nation in RBI per game hit his eighth home run and had three RBI. Joe Michalski also hit one out and is tied with Roberson to lead GW with eight round-trippers. The Colonials currently have the sixth-best record in the A-10 putting the club in the playoff picture.
GW improved to 15-8 against La Salle all-time and play the A-10 opponent again at noon on Sunday. The Colonials took both games against La Salle to give GW their first winning record in the Atlantic 10 this year at 6-5 (.545). The Colonials were able to leapfrog three A-10 opponents and move into the sixth position. GW passed St. Bonaventure and St. Joseph's who played each other in the A-10 East today. St. Bonaventure, 6-7 (.462), dropped both games to St. Joseph's 9-8 (.529). Having played in fewer games, GW's two wins improved their winning percentage by .101. GW also passed idle Temple 6-6 (.500) who's series with East division-leader UMass was pushed back a day due to rain.
The top two teams in each division go to the Atlantic 10 Tournament along with the next best two teams in terms of winning percentage. GW plays at No. 15 Richmond 13-3 (.813), the best team in the A-10 West, next weekend. Richmond split today's games with Xavier 9-5 (.563), who is the second-best team in the West so far this year. GW was swept in three games at Xavier earlier this year. The Colonials beat Richmond at home in two of three games last year to win the Atlantic 10 tournament and advance to the NCAA tournament for the seventh time in school history.
In today's second game, the Colonials scored in all but one inning and had nine runs on 11 hits. Ryan Roberson went four-for-four and added three more RBI to lead the conference with 53. He has 90 total bases this year and averages 1.43 RBI per game while hitting .376.
The Colonials will throw Josh Wilkie in the concluding game of GW's weekend series with La Salle. GW will then host Navy on Monday and George Mason on Tuesday. Both games will be played at Barcroft Park at 3:00 PM.