Six-Run Sixth Lifts GW Over JMU, 8-7
April 27, 2005
ARLINGTON, VA - Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, George Washington University (26-13) used a James Madison University (17-25) error to open the door to a six-run inning as the Colonials held on to defeat the Dukes 8-7 Wednesday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
After second baseman Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY / Pine Plains) reached on an error in the sixth, GW rallied for six hits that led to six runs and a 6-4 lead.
With runners on first and third, first baseman Josh Goldberg (Albany, NY / Albany Academy) doubled home a run and left fielder Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NY / Old Bridge) followed with an RBI single to bring the Colonials to within two.
Shortstop Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ / Wall) then connected for an RBI single and was involved in a double steal with Kruer to put runners on second and third. Catcher Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD / Mt. Hebron) then delivered a double to drive in two runs and give the Colonials a 5-4 advantage.
Right fielder Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA / Newman / Tulane) followed with a base hit that knocked in a run and capped GW's six-run inning.
Centerfielder Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA / Fayette County) put the Colonials ahead 8-5 in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run home run (4).
The homer turned out to be an enormous hit for GW as JMU catcher Dan Santoblanco brought the Dukes to within 8-7 in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run home run. Santoblanco wnet 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs in the game.
But Colonials' closer Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) was able to nail down the win and pick up his fourth save of the year.
Goldberg, Kruer, Shupin and Rosenblat each collected two hits in the game.
GW starter RHP Brain Frazier (Allentown, PA / Emmaus) improved to 6-0 with six solid innings of work. The freshman worked out of a bases loaded jam in both the first and second innings without yielding a run before getting knocked around in the third for three runs. However he settled down and did not allow an earned run for the rest of his stint.
JMU starter Brian Leatherwood was extremely effective early in the contest as he allowed just two hits before the Colonials exploded for their six-run sixth.
GW dealt the Dukes a similar fate earlier in the season as the Colonials overcame a 4-1 ninth inning deficit to go on to beat JMU 8-4 in 11 innings Feb. 23 in Harrisonburg, VA.
The Colonials are scheduled to host the University of Delaware Thursday afternoon at Barcroft Park. The game has been postponed twice due to rain. The first pitch is set for 3:00 pm.