Baseball Explodes For 17 Runs In Seven Innings Against Bucknell To Continue Winning Streak
Colonials Win 11 Straight Games For The Second Time This Season, First Time In History
April 29, 2003
LEWISBURG, PA -- The Colonials extended their winning streak to 11 straight games with a 17-5 pounding of Patriot League champs Bucknell. GW has now matched their longest winning streak of the season and fifth longest in school history. Senior Tony Dokoupil had three hits and has now played in the 10th most games in GW history. Freshman Tom Shanley added three hits and is batting .410 best in the Atlantic 10 and tied for 38th in the country. Ryan Roberson collected three more RBI and is leading the A-10 while moving up to seventh in the nation with 1.46 RBI per game. The Colonials (30-11 .732) have the 17th best winning percentage among NCAA division I schools.
The Colonials took an early lead with two runs scored in the first. Ryan Roberson's single through the left side plated the first two runs. In the bottom of the first, Brian Hirschberg's single to right field plated Ben Stoll to cut the Colonial's lead in half. George Washington crossed the plate three times to take a 5-1 lead in the second. In the bottom of the frame, Phil Bunting began with a double and was hit in by B.J. Batterson's single to left field. Batterson scored on a single hit by Pete Wolf. The Bison narrowed the 5-3 gap.
The Bison pitching staff became uneasy in the third inning. After pitcher Tim Peacock walked two batters, Nick Yaeger replaced Peacock on the mound. With the bases loaded, Yaeger walked two and advanced two batters after hitting them with the pitch. The Colonials scored five forced runs in the third, and two scored on a single hit by Tony Dokoupil, to increase their 12-3 lead.
In the fifth, GW scored two runs and the Bison scored one run when Hirschberg was plated on Dave Garrisi's sacrifice bunt. The Colonials scored their last three runs in the sixth frame. GW won its 30th game of the year with a17-5 final score.
The Colonials achieved their second highest run total of the season and improve to 16-0 when they score 10 or more. The club is now 15th in the country with a runs per game average of 8.37. The squad is also in the top 50 in the country with an A-10 leading .314 team batting average. GW leads the Atlantic 10 in several team offensive categories including batting average (.314), on base percentage (.407), slugging percentage (.506), runs (343), hits (427), doubles (97), home runs (50) and RBI (326).
GW is represented on the NCAA leaders list by Ryan Roberson, Nick Koken and Tom Shanley. Roberson is 7th in the nation with 1.46 RBI per game. Nick Koken is tied for 35th in the country with 7 saves. Tom Shanley's .410 batting average moves him up to a tie for the 38th best in the country.
On the GW's all-time record list, senior Tony Dokoupil has entered the list for most career games and is tied for 10th with 191 games played. He is also 10th in stolen bases with 41 and is three-for-three in steals this year. He trails teamate Travis Crowder by two hits and is ninth on the list with 198 over his four year career. Dokoupil is close to the Top 10 list in at bats and walks, where he needs four, runs and total bases where he is six shy, and RBI where he needs eight.
Crowder collected his 200th career hit and is now tied for seventh on the all-time list. He scored three runs and is now fourth all-time with 181. He also picked up three walks and is in eight place with 96. Crowder is currently tied for fourth in stolen bases with 62. The redshirt senior needs only two games to break into the Top 10 for games played. He is currently 30 at bats short of the Top 10 list.
The Colonials will host George Mason at Barcroft Park at 3:00 PM on Thursday. Nate CaseGrande will start for GW versus the Patriots. GW enjoys a 14-1 home record so far this year.