Baseball Wins 11-1 Versus Xavier In 11th Straight Victory And Eighth Straight A-10 Win
Josh Wilkie Wins While Team Ties Conference Victories Record With 17
May 8, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - The Colonials swept Saturday's doubleheader with Xavier winning game two 11-1 at Barcroft Park. GW's Josh Wilkie (5-2) earned the win while freshman Derek Haese made his first collegiate appearance for the Colonials. GW has clinched an A-10 playoff spot for a conference-best fifth straight year while tying the school record of 17 conference victories.
The Colonials (35-14, 17-3 A-10) scored seven of their 11 runs in the second inning on four doubles. Xavier (13-32, 5-13 A-10) scored one unearned run in the second inning on just five hits. Josh Wilkie allowed just one unearned run and four hits over six innings of work. The sophomore threw eight strikeouts without issuing a walk. Haese pitched a scoreless seventh to close the game for GW.
GW jumped on the board with two runs in the first inning. Tom Shanley scored on a double from Ryan Roberson after singling with one out. Anthony Smith drove in Roberson with a single for his 65th RBI of the season. Roberson went two-for-three with two doubles, two runs and two RBI.
Xavier scored its only run courtesy of two Colonials errors in the second inning. Chris Lozan reached first on a single to left center and with two outs moved to third on a single from Kevin McKnight. McKnight hit a slow roller to towards second base which Wilkie got to first and tried to flip to first. McKnight would have beat the ball to the bag regardless but the errant shuffle pass out of the glove got past Smith at first and allowed Lozan to move to third on the throwing error from the pitcher. With two strikes on the batter, McKnight stole second forcing a throw from Fertitta the catcher. Second baseman Shanley stepped in front of second to cut of the throw but it skipped over his glover for an error allowing Lozan to take home without a play at the plate. Xavier would only get two more hits and no runs the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the second inning sent 12 batters to the plate featuring four doubles. Jeff Fertitta singled to start the inning en route to a three-four-four performance with two doubles, two runs and a RBI. Bill Simpson drove in Fertitta with a double down the left field line. Matt Owens reached on a fielding error by the second baseman and later scored one of the five unearned runs in the inning. After an out, Anthony Raglani singled and Roberson picked up his second double. Brad Rosenblat was walked intentionally, after the pitcher fell behind to a 3-0 count, to load the bases.
With the bases juiced, Geoff Milsom drilled a double down the left field line that drove in all three and earned him his eighth double of the season. Milsom's double was followed by Fertitta's second hit of the inning and a Xavier pitching change. Sam Freund (3-2) who started would pick up the loss.
After another double from Fertitta in the fourth, Bill Simpson hit his fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot that gave GW an 11-1 edge. With Richmond loosing twice against Dayton at home on Saturday, the Colonials could clinch the A-10 West and a first round bye in the conference tournament with a win against Xavier. A victory Sunday would give the Colonials a tie for their second longest winning streak in the programs history. GW's record is 13 straight victories set in 1998.
GW has already won their first seven conference series with just one more remaining against Duquesne next Friday and Saturday. GW has already matched its conference wins record of 17 with four more A-10 games to play. GW will celebrate senior day on Sunday against Xavier with festivities starting around 11:45 am with the nine inning game starting at noon.