Colonials Take 2 of 3 at Xavier With 5-4 Win
May 8, 2005
CINCINNATI, OH - RHP Josh Wilkie (Alpharetta, GA/Chattahoochee) (5-3) struck out seven and allowed one earned run in eight innings as George Washington University (32-16, 12-6 A-10) defeated Xavier (18-29, 8-13 A-10) 5-4 Sunday afternoon to take two of three games in the conference series at Hayden Field.
Wilkie held the Musketeers to just one hit through the first five innings.
The Colonials' offense got rolling in the third inning when shortstop Michael Parker (Newton, MA/Newton South) doubled home a run and second baseman Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY/Pine Plains) connected for a two-run homer (8) to give GW a 3-0 lead.
Designated hitter Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD / James H. Blake) led-off the top of the eighth inning with a home run (13) and pinch hitter Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA / Tulane / Newman) knocked in a run with a groundout to give the Colonials a 5-1 advantage.
Roberson went 5-for-12 with two home runs and three RBIs in the series.
Xavier mounted a comeback in its half of the eighth inning as catcher Jordan Wolf led-off the inning with a triple to the left centerfield and was brought home one batter later by designated hitter Sean Brewer.
Brewer made his way around the bases and set the score at 5-3 on second baseman's Adam Lipski grounded out.
The Musketeers threatened in the ninth when they put runners on the corners with no one out. But GW catcher Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA/Broad Run) thwarted an Xavier steal attempt to cut out the rally. Xavier did add a run on an RBI groundout but reliever RHP Joel Brookens (Fayetteville, PA/Gettysburg Area) closed the door for his fourth save of the year.
Musketeers' starter RHP Brett Smith (1-5) started and allowed three earned runs in six innings as he took the loss.
Left fielder Chris Lozan and third baseman Collin Salzenstein each went 2-for-4 in the contest.
The Colonials travel to Fairfax, VA Tuesday to face George Mason University. Game time is 3:00 pm.
GW's next A-10 series begins Friday at 5:00 pm at Barcroft Park.