Baseball Wins 12th Straight, 8-1, Over Xavier For Record 18th A-10 Win
May 9, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - The Colonials won their 12th straight game and ninth straight conference contest to clinch first place in the A-10 West and a first round tournament bye with an 8-1 victory over Xavier on Senior Day. The Colonials swept their third straight A-10 series and tied their second best winning streak in school history while setting a school record in conference wins with 18 with an A-10 series left to play.
George Washington (36-14, 18-3 A-10) only had two more hits than Xavier (13-33, 5-13 A-10) but defeated the Musketeers 8-1. All three Colonials seniors got to play with Jeff Fertitta starting at first base while pitchers David Cutler and Dennis Gramolini each earned an inning of relief work. Colonials starter Anthony Smith did not need much help on the mound as he went seven innings allowing only one run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Smith picked up his sixth win of the season and at .657 (6-1) is now tied with Gramolini for the second place in winning percentage. The freshman is also second on the team this year with 61 strikeouts.
The Colonials scored in the first inning on an RBI single from Ryan Roberson. Owens had reached on a leadoff walk and was thrown out on Tom Shanley's fielder's choice. Anthony Raglani singled on a perfectly placed hit-and-run which allowed Shanley to move over to third on a ground ball hit directly to where the shortstop had been playing. Roberson's single moved him into the top 10 for total bases and was his 48th RBI of the year.
In the second inning Geoff Milsom reached on a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, he would score on a routine grounder that shot through the second baseman's legs for which Matt Owens was not credited with an RBI despite reaching base on the error. Xavier's starter Dan Graham (2-10) picked up his 10th loss after allowing eight runs, seven of which were earned on six hits and six walks over four innings. He did strikeout five and relievers Tim Beaver and Mike Creevy combined for five more.
GW starter Smith allowed only one run when Sean Brewer singled in Matt Waskerwitz in the second inning. Waskerwitz had singled with one out and then moved to second when Smith walked Jay Johnson. Smith would get out of the jam with a strikeout and fly out to end the inning. The Colonials also turned two clutch double plays, one to end the sixth with the bases loaded and the second to end the game.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning Graham walked GW's eight and nine batters Jeff Fertitta and Joe Michalski. After an out, Shanley then singled in Fertitta and moved Michalski to third. Raglani used the opportunity to hit a three-run home run for his 11th long ball of the year. The Colonials four run fourth put them up 6-1.
Smith who batted fifth while hitting as the pitcher only had one official at bat after being hit by a pitch in the first and being intentionally walked in the third. The freshman made the most of his one shot to smack a leadoff double, his team-leading 14th, down the right field line improving his slugging percentage to an amazing .700. Brad Rosenblat moved him to third on a single before Xavier made their first pitching change. Geoff Milsom made a quick study of reliever Beaver and drove a two-run double through the right side of the infield on another hit-and-run. The double put GW up 8-1 for the victory.
Offensively, Anthony Raglani led the way for the Colonials coming up a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Raglani also picked up three RBI, a run, a walk and a stolen base. Raglani, who is just a junior, moved into sole possession of eighth place on the career doubles list with 44 while picking up his 95 walk which is ninth all-time.
Raglani hit his 22nd career home run and 122nd RBI bringing him close to catching teammate Ryan Roberson in both categories. Raglani needs two homers to tie Roberson for ninth all-time and 10 RBI to tie his junior classmate for 10th all-time. Raglani moved within seven total bases of Roberson who joined his former teammates Chris Barry and Tony Dokoupil for 10th place all-time with 286 total bases. Raglani and Roberson are both chasing GW's single season record for runs which is 67 and was set by then-junior Jake Wald before he was drafted by the Giants. Raglani needs 12 more to match the mark while Roberson is 14 away. Raglani needs just 11 runs to make GW's all-time list as a junior and 13 more stolen bases to tie for 10th all-time. He is also 10 walks away from the single season record of 39 which was set in 1981 by GW baseball Hall of Fame member Russ Ramsey.
The Colonials have now clinched first place in the A-10 West with an 18-3 conference record. The Colonials have one more A-10 series when they play at Duquesne next Friday and Saturday. Friday's seven inning game will start at 3:00 pm while Saturday's noontime doubleheader features a seven inning game followed by a nine inning affair. The Colonials have one game this week when they travel to Delaware on Tuesday at 3:00 pm.