Colonials Claim Game One With A 5-1 Win Over Temple
May 7, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- The Colonials regained their winning record in the Atlantic 10 (9-8, .529)with a 5-1 win over Temple. Freshman Dan Pfau (5-0) pitched all seven innings for his fifth victory in his seventh start. Jeff Fertitta homered and four other Colonials scored after two walked and two were hit by pitches. Pfau pitched six scoreless innings after giving up one run in the first, he allowed only eight hits.
Dan Pfau pitched his first collegiate complete game allowing only one run on eight hits in seven innings. The freshman also had five strikeouts while issuing only one walk. After quickly collecting two outs, Temple's John Quigley reached on a single that was just out of Pfau's reach. After a wild pitch, Quigley would score on Rob Cucinotta's single. Pfau then helped his cause by picking him off to end the inning. Pfau got some timely help from his fielders to hold the Owls to one run. In the second, Anthony Raglani threw out Al Roach when he tried to score on Mike Silverman's single. The throw arrived in time for catcher Joe Michalski to apply the tag which saved the run and ended the inning. Michalski was in the mix again to end the inning on a play at the plate in the fourth inning. With runners on first and third, Roach tried to steal second and drew the trow from Michalski. When Cucinotta broke for home from third, shortstop Tom Shanley threw back to Michalski who tagged him out.
Offensively, GW scored four of their five runs on gifts from Temple pitching. The first Colonials batters were walked and scored to put GW up for good. Geoff Mislom and Brad Rosenblat were both hit by pitches in the second and fourth innings and both eventually scored. Jeff Fertitta hit a solo shot to left field in the fourth for his fourth of the year. The Junior now has 18 for his career and is in striking distance of teammate Chris Barry who holds down the 10th spot all-time with 22.
Senior Tony Dokoupil had a big 2-for-2 day and had four productive plate appearances. With his two at bats today, he is now tied for 9th with 645 at bats. In the first he walked to break into the Top 10 list with 89 walks. He also scored in the first and now is three runs shy of Chris Barry for 10th on the all-time runs list. In the second inning Dokoupil hit his 200th career hit on a RBI double on a hit that hugged the right field line. Geoff Milsom who was running on the pitch scored the whole way from first. In the fourth Dokoupil added another RBI with a sacrifice fly to left field which scored Rosenblat. Finally in the sixth inning Dokoupil singled to bring his 277 career total bases within one of the all-time Top 10 and move up to eighth in hits with 201.