GW Baseball Sweeps Its Way Into First Place
May. 1, 2005
ARLINGTON, VA - The George Washington University baseball team (30-13, 10-5 A-10) entered its three-game series against the University of Dayton (23-18, 9-6 A-10) this weekend two games behind the Flyers for first place in the Atlantic 10 West Division and proceeded to sweep all three games, including a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park, to put itself alone in first place.
The Colonials took game one 6-5 and game two 8-2.
The first game was a wild affair that saw GW blow a 5-3 lead in the seventh inning but battle back to win the scheduled seven-inning contest in the eighth on right fielder Brad Rosenblat's (New Orleans, LA / Tulane / Newman) RBI single.
The game was tied 2-2 through four innings but the Colonials opened a 5-3 advantage after the sixth. Second baseman Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY / Pine Plains) contributed a RBI double in the fifth inning and left fielder Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NJ / Old Bridge) homered (4) and shortstop Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NY / Wall) singled and came around to score on catcher Andrew Abokhair's (Ashburn, VA / Broad Run) base hit in the sixth.
GW committed two errors in the top of the seventh inning to open the door for Dayton second baseman Galen Schumm who tied the game with a two-run single.
But the Colonials loaded the bases with nobody out for Rosenblat in the eighth inning and the senior knocked in the game winner.
LHP Dan Sullivan (Stony Point, NY / North Rockland) started for GW and was effective in his five innings, striking out five and allowing three earned runs. RHP Derek Haese (Littleton, CO / Dakota Ridge) (2-0) threw the final 1.1 innings and did not allow a run as he earned the win.
Flyers' reliever RHP Kyle Lindsay (3-3) surrendered GW's winning run and took the loss.
In game two, GW fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning but broke out to a 4-1 lead after five innings and an 8-2 advantage after seven. Shanley doubled, homered and drove in three runs in the win.
Shanley went a combined 5-for-9 with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs in the doubleheader. Shupin went 5-for-8 with three runs.
GW starter RHP Josh Wilkie (Alpharetta, GA / Chattahoochee) (4-3) allowed just one earned run in seven innings to take the win.
Dayton starter LHP Kaleb Thompson yielded eight runs, five earned, in 5.2 inning as he was saddle with the loss.
Senior Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD / James H. Blake) started both games in the designated hitter role and launched a homer in each contest (10, 11)
Sunday's first game was originally scheduled to be played as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. But rain forced a three-hour delay to the start of the opener and forced the series' second game to be played Sunday.
The Colonials have now won six straight, nine out their last 10 and 17 out of their last 20.
GW will next face Georgetown for a home-and-home match-up. The Hoyas visit Barcroft Park Tuesday for a 3:00 pm game and the Colonials visit Georgetown Wednesday night for a 7:00 pm start.
GW's next conference showdown is this weekend at Xavier.