GW Baseball Grabs 2-1 Win Over La Salle On RHP Josh Wilkie's Gem
April 29, 2006
ARLINGTON, VA - Starter RHP Josh Wilkie's (4-3) career-high 12 strikeouts and LHP Dan Pfau's (Flemington, NJ / Hunterdon Central) masterful ninth inning performance in relief (S,4) sealed George Washington University's (17-25, 8-7 A-10) 2-1 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over La Salle University (14-27, 6-10 A-10) Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
The win moves GW above .500 in conference play for the first time this year.
Wilkie held the Explorers to one run on five hits through 8.0 innings before handing a 2-1 lead off to the bullpen for the ninth. After La Salle put runners on first and third with nobody out, Pfau came on and struck out the next three batters to nail down the Colonials' second straight win against La Salle this season and 19th consecutive, overall, dating back to 2000.
Pfau produced similar heroics in Friday's win when, clinging to a 5-4 lead, he entered the ninth inning with one on and one out and retired the next two batters to notch the save.
Explorers' starter LHP Dan Waters (3-5) was also impressive, allowing one earned run on six hits, striking out seven and walking none in the complete game loss.
Friday's offensive hero Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ / Wall) produced both GW runs on Saturday as the shortstop led off the bottom of the first with a single, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt, stole third base and then scored on a fielder's choice to put the Colonials on top 1-0.
In the fifth, catcher Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA / Broad Run) reached first base on an error, moved to second on right fielder Matt Boyd's (Rockville, MD / Magruder) base hit and scored when Shupin delivered an RBI single to make it a 2-0 GW advantage.
La Salle second baseman John Rickards singled home leftfielder George Hudock, who reached second base with a double, in the sixth to set the count at 2-1.
After the first two batter's reached on singles to open the top of the ninth inning, Pfau came on for his fifth relief appearance and fanned pinch hitter Matt Burns and then punched-out the Explorers' 1-2 batters for the dramatic win.
GW goes for the three-game A-10 sweep Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Barcroft Park.
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