Baseball Explodes Against Explorers For 17-1 Win And Series Sweep
May 2, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, PA - George Washington completed their second straight conference sweep with a 17-1 explosion against the Explorers. With the win, the Colonials matched their season-best winning streak with eight games overall and six straight victories in conference to remain in first place in the A-10 West.
The Colonials (32-14, 14-3 A-10) made no errors while collecting an amazing 24 hits compared to La Salle's (18-21, 4-14 A-10) six hits and two errors defensively. GW batted around twice, once to start the game in the first and then again in the seventh. The Colonials scoring six runs in the first after three consecutive doubles. In the seventh GW had six consecutive hits including a grand slam home run by Brad Rosenblat after four straight singles. Eight Colonials collected multi-hit games for GW.
Brad Rosenblat went four-for-six with three singles and a grand slam home run for four runs and four RBI. Ryan Roberson went three-for-six with his 11th double of the year getting two runs and an RBI. Leadoff hitter Matt Owens led the team with seven at bats, picking up three hits and two RBI. Tom Shanley picked up his team-leading 12th double in a two-for-four, one run, and one RBI effort. Mickey Shupin collected his second RBI of the year going one-for three with a run. Anthony Smith had two singles and collected his 62nd RBI of the season to lead the Atlantic 10 conference. Geoff Milsom had singles in both of his at bats and his replacement Michael Parker had his first career multi hit game going two-for-four and reaching base three times. Catcher Joe Michalski picked up two hits and three RBI.
Nate CasaGrande earned his first win of the year by throwing six strikeouts over five innings allowing only two hits and no runs. GW was two outs away from a shutout as four pitchers, all of whom are from New Jersey, collaborated in the effort. Nick Koken worked a scoreless sixth and seventh for his 47th career appearance leaving him just five shy of the all-time list. David Cutler pitched a scoreless eighth striking out one. Dan Pfau threw two strikeouts in the ninth but allowed La Salle's only run on a one-out double that scored Billy Kern.
La Salle pitcher Erich Ruhland started on the mound for the Explorers. With one out in the first, Shanley hit a double to get on base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored off an Raglani double to centerfield. Raglani scored when Roberson belted a shot to centerfield for a GW's third straight double. Designated hitter Smith then walked with only one away. Geoff Milsom then knocked a shot into centerfield to score Raglani and put the Colonials up 3-0 with two outs. With bases loaded, Michalski took to the plate and was walked to score Smith and earn an RBI.
Chris Hughes replaced Ruhland on the mound for the Explorers, looking to close out the top of the first inning once GW had hit around. At the top of the batting order, Matt Owens stepped to the plate to face Hughes and looped a single to the centerfield just beyond the infield to score to runs for the Colonials and put the score at 6-0. Shanley popped out to left field to put the Explorers up to bat for the first time in the game.
GW added three more runs in the third to make it 9-0 on five singles over the span of six batters. Rosenblat lead of the inning followed by Milsom's second single. After Fertitta lined out to the right fielder, Michalski, Owens and Shanley all singled. In response, the Explorers made the second of seven pitching changes in the game as Jeremy Rosen stepped to the mound for the Explorers. Michalski, Shanley and Raglani, who grounded into a fielder's choice all earned a RBI. GW added another run in the fourth inning when Rosenblat again singled and scored courtesy of singles by Milsom and Michalski.
The Colonials bats came alive again in the seventh when GW collected six straight hits. Shanley led of the inning with a single followed by base knocks from Steve Santy, Roberson and Smith who drove in Shanley. Then with the bases loaded, Rosenblat crushed a ball to left center that hit a building on the other side of the street past the outfield fence. Rosenblat's grand slam home run was his eighth homer of the year. GW has hit an amazing 61 home runs as a team this year compared to only 23 by opponents.
The Colonials closed out their scoring with two more runs in the ninth inning when Rosenblat again led off the inning with a single. Parker reached base for the third time when his line drive eluded the shortstop who committed an error by not catching the ball which hit him in the right shin. Jeff Fertitta then hit a ball down the third base line which the third baseman fielded behind the back but could not touch the base before Rosenblat slid in safe. Fertitta would have beat out a throw to first and was therefore credited with a single. Jay Quinn, who replaced Michalski behind the plate, hit into a fielder's choice but drove in Rosenblat from third for his first RBI of the season and third of his career. Shupin then picked up his second RBI of the season, his first came on a hit by pitch, with a fielder's choice to short in which he beat out a double play with his extraordinary speed.
With the Colonials up by a whopping 17-0 Pfau gave up a single to Kern and then struck out Boucher for the first out of the final half-inning. Dan Paluch then nixed the shutout with a run scoring RBI double to left center for his first career hit.
The Colonials will take their season best winning streak into a tough contest on Tuesday. GW plays at George Mason at 3:00 pm and the Colonials will throw left-handed freshman Anthony Smith. GW then hosts Mount St. Mary's on Thursday at 3:30 pm. GW will play its final conference home games this coming weekend when the Colonials host Xavier for a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game Sunday.