Roberson, Owens Lead Baseball to Doubleheader Split at Xavier
Musketeers need eight innings to edge Colonials, 4-3, in the opener; GW posts 7-4 victory in the nightcap to salvage split
May 7, 2005
CINCINNATI, OH - Led by a pair of RBI from both senior designated hitter Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD) and junior centerfielder Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA), the George Washington University baseball team defeated Xavier, 7-4, in game two of its doubleheader Saturday afternoon to earn a split against the Musketeers in Atlantic 10 action at Hayden Field. Xavier needed extra innings to post a 4-3 triumph in the opener.
In the nightcap, GW plated two runs in the opening frame and scored two more runs over the next two innings to cruise to the 7-4 win. Colonials' starter Dan Sullivan (Stony Point, NY) nearly earned the seven-inning complete-game victory, but was pulled in the seventh in favor of freshman Joel Brookens (Fayetteville, PA), who recorded the final out to pin down his third save of the season.
Sullivan scattered nine hits in 6.2 innings of work, while allowing four runs and striking out seven to improve to 6-4 on the year.
Roberson's RBI single in the first got things started for GW, and junior Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY) made it 2-0 when he scored on a wild pitch. An RBI double off the bat of catcher Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA) in the second and a lead-off home run (7) from Shanley in the third gave the Colonials a 4-0 advantage.
Leading by two runs in the sixth, a one-out two-run blast (5) from Owens gave GW a 6-2 lead. Roberson added a solo shot (12) down the left field line in the top of the seventh to complete the scoring for the Colonials.
Offensively in game two, Roberson went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, while Owens finished 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored, and Shanley went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
With the opener knotted 3-3 in the eighth, pinch runner Nick Egloff, who came on for first baseman Drew Roberts after a lead-off single, scored the winning run on a wild pitch to lift Xavier to the 4-3 victory.
GW trailed 1-0 heading into the top of the third, but took a 2-1 lead on senior Geoff Milsom's (New York, NY) two-run single, and extended its lead by a single run in the fifth after Shanley delivered a run-scoring double that made it 3-1. Shanley finished 1-for-3 at the plate, while Milsom went 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Xavier rallied to tie the game in the sixth as Jordan Wolf had an RBI groundout and Mark Janszen scored on a passed ball to send the game into extra innings.
Junior Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ) made his first start of the season for GW, but did not factor into the decision as he allowed three runs (one earned) on just five hits in 5.1 innings, while striking out two. In addition, senior catcher Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD) finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored.
GW (31-16, 11-6 A-10) is back on the diamond to finish its three-game series against Xavier on Sunday, May 8, at 12 p.m. at Hayden Field.