Baseball Wins 10th Straight Game With 9-7 Victory Over La Salle
Joe Michalski's Grand Slam Lifts GW To Fifth Place In The Atlantic 10
April 27, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- The Colonials won their 10th straight game and completed their second straight sweep in the A-10 with a 9-7 victory over La Salle at Barcroft Park. GW moved into fifth place in the Atlantic 10. After starting conference play 1-5, they have won six straight. Joe Michalski led GW on offense with a grand slam, his fourth homer in five games.
Freshman Josh Wilkie started and picked up his fifth win of the season after striking out seven batters in the first three innings. He pitched five innings and gave up four runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits. He gave up two walks compared to seven ringers. He is now second at GW with 54 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings (.985 strikeouts per game). Wilkie's ERA drops to a team-low 3.10.
Every Colonials starter got a hit en route to 13 on the day. The Colonials scored in their first and last at bats but were led by Joe Michalski's grand slam home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Michalski now leads the team with nine homers and has four in his last five games. His .525 slugging percentage is almost twice as high as his batting average indicating that when he hits, he hits with power.
Anthony Raglani picked up his conference-leading 15th double of the season. Travis Crowder stole two more bases to give him 15 this year. Crowder is now tied for fourth all-time on the stolen base list with 62. He is also fourth in runs with 178.
The Colonials 7-5 (.583), in the A-10, moved ahead of UMass 8-6 (.571) who lost two games to Temple 8-6 (.571). UMass and Temple complete their series on Monday to decide who would be in position to get the second playoff spot in the East. GW has the fifth best record in the A-10 but is still behind A-10 West rivals No. 15 Richmond, Xavier and Duquesne. The Colonials will take on Richmond 14-3 (.824)on Friday and Saturday for a crucial three-game series. GW then concludes the regular season by hosting Dayton 1-17 (.056).
The Colonials are riding a 10-game winning streak which has happened only 10 times in GW history. The 2003 Colonials are the first team in GW history to have two winning streaks of 10 or more games in a single season. The club won 11 straight games between March 6th and March 19th. What makes the current streak most impressive is that six of the 10 games have come against conference opponents. The most wins in a row from a GW team is 13 which they achieved in 1988.