Baseball Beats La Salle 6-2 In Game One On Back-To-Back Home Runs
Dan Sullivan Earns Sixth Straight A-10 Victory On 10 Strikeout Performance
May 1, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Colonials won game won against La Salle 6-2 after back-to-back home runs by Anthony Smith and Jeff Fertitta put GW ahead. The Colonials collected six runs in support of starter Dan Sullivan who picked up his sixth straight A-10 victory in a 10 strikeout performance.
Smith put the Colonials (30-14, 13-3 A-10) ahead of La Salle (18-19, 4-12 A-10) with a two-run home run in the fourth inning for his 12th long-ball of the year and 60th RBI of the season. Fertitta followed the freshman with a solo home run for his third homer of the season and 21st of his career. Sullivan needed no more help as he picked up 10 strikeouts including several with runners on to end the inning. GW's ace leads the team in wins with seven and strikeouts with 68 compared to only 22 walks this year. Derrik Lutz pitched the final two outs of the ninth on a double play to end the game and earn his seventh save.
The Colonials got on the board first with two runs in the first. GW collected three singles and a walk to go up 2-0. Ryan Roberson collected an RBI when he singled to left center with both Tom Shanley and Anthony Raglani on base. Shanley had singled to right with one out followed by Raglani's walk. Roberson drove in Shanley and advanced to second on the throw to third where Raglani was safe. Both runners with a line drive and advanced to second on the throw to third. Brad Rosenblat was then intentionally walked to load the bases for GW's RBI leader Smith. Smith was actually 10th in the NCAA going into this week and is averaging 1.45 per game. Smith hit into a fielder's choice but beat out the double play to allowing Raglani to score and picking up the RBI. In an interesting pickle, the inning ended when Roberson was thrown out at the plate after a failed pickoff at first base caused him to attempt to steal home.
La Salle answered in the bottom of the second with two runs only one of which was earned. Jay Stephens singled to start the inning and was then thrown out at second on a fielder's choice that allowed Billy Kern to reach first. With one out, John Reifensnyder hit a tough ball behind the back at first. Mickey Shupin who started at second, used his speed to retrieve the ball but forced a shuffle pass to Smith at first. The play was ruled a hit but both runners advanced on the throw which got past Smith and rolled into the dugout. The next batter, John Snyder hit a two run double to tie the score at two. It was assumed that without a throwing error from Shupin, Reifensnyder would not have scored from first. Therefore, Sullivan was only tagged with one earned run. Sullivan allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits and three walks.