Baseball Ties School Record With 13th Straight Win In 15-12 Victory Over Delaware
May 11, 2004
NEWARK, DE - The Colonials tied a GW record with their 13th straight win when they defeated Delaware 15-12. GW escaped an eight-run ninth as the Fightin' Blue Hens battled back and brought the tying run to the plate before GW could close out the game. Dan Pfau got the win and remains a perfect 10-0 lifetime. Ryan Roberson led an offensive assault by collecting six RBI on two homers and a double.
Delaware went ahead in the bottom of the first inning with two home runs against GW's starter Nick Koken. With one out, Koken walked Todd Davison and then gave up a two run home run to Steve Van Note for his 10th of the year. Koken responded by striking out cleanup hitter Dave Harden but then gave up a solo homer to designated hitter Kelly Buber for the Fightin' Blue Hens third run of the inning.
The Colonials quickly responded with three runs of their own. Ryan Roberson took the first pitch in the second inning over the left field wall for his 12th home run of the season. The solo homer was his 25th career home run and puts him in sole possession of ninth place all-time at GW. Anthony Smith singled and then GW loaded the bases when Brad Rosenblat was hit by a pitch and Geoff Milsom walked. Bill Simpson drove in Rosenblat on a sacrifice fly to the center fielder and Milsom advanced to third. Jeff Fertitta who batted as the leadoff hitter drove in Milsom on a double to tie the score at three in the second inning.
With the score still tied at three, the Colonials added three in the fourth to go ahead 6-3. After an out, Fertitta singled to left field but was thrown out in an attempted steal. As fate would have it, Fertitta would have scored from first any way when Tom Shanley hit a double of the left field wall on the very next pitch. With two outs, Anthony Raglani hit a routine ground ball to the second baseman but reached on a single when no one covered first base. The first baseman had left the bag trying to field the grounder and the pitcher never left the mound, Shanley moved to third on the play. With two outs, Roberson hit a two run double for his second and third RBI of the game. It was Roberson's 14th double of the year and leaves him four shy of the all-time list. With two away, Smith hit a routine ground ball down the first base line which rolled under the first baseman's glove. Smith advanced to second and Roberson scored on the two-base error. Smith who is ninth in the NCAA in RBI per games unfortunately did not get an RBI as the error would have been the final out of the fourth inning.
In the seventh inning, the first three batters walked to load the bases for Bill Simpson for the third time of the game. After the third pitch, Delaware's catcher tried to pick off Geoff Milsom at first base but threw the ball in the dirt and it rolled into right field. All three runners advanced scoring Smith from third. While Simpson did not get credit for driving in Smith, he did pick up three RBI on a home run blast to left center field. It was Simpson's sixth home run of the year and fourth RBI of the game. With still no one out, Joe Michalski picked up a single on a slow roller to the third baseman. Fertitta moved Michalski to third on a single of his own for his third hit of the game. Shanley earned an RBI on a groundout up the middle which also advanced Fertitta to second. Raglani plated the Colonials sixth and final run of the inning when he doubled to right center driving in Fertitta from second. It was the 45th double of Raglani's career which is eighth all-time at GW.
The Colonials threw four pitchers during the game with the first three throwing two innings each. Dan Pfau was the pitcher of record as he threw the fifth and the sixth inning. Pfau earned the win and improves to 4-0 this season. Pfau has a perfect 10-0 lifetime record and has the best winning percentage on GW's all-time list.
After scoring three runs in the first, Delaware was shutout for the next six innings before getting one run in the seventh off of Avi Rasowsky. Rasowsky had a tough time as he gave up a run on three hits in the seventh two of which were doubles. What really hurt was getting hit in the kneecap with two outs in the eighth inning. On the first pitch to Davison with the first two batters retired. Davison had a double off of the pitcher and Rasowsky limped to the bench after being looked at by the trainer. Derrik Lutz entered the game for Rasowsky and retired the last batter of the eighth on a lineout to the shortstop.
In the top of the ninth inning the Colonials scored three more runs to extended their lead to 11 runs. Amazingly, as it turned out GW would need those security runs in order to hold off the Fightin' Blue Hens who rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate before the game ended. In the top of the final inning, GW used two pinch hitters the first of whom, Michael Parker reached on a leadoff walk. Raglani then singled for his third hit of the game. Roberson then hit a three run home run to give the Colonials their 15th and final run.
The Colonials made almost every defensive change possible as Delaware came up for the last time. GW started the bottom of the ninth with a new first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, left fielder and center fielder. The novel approach cost them as they collectively committed five errors allowing eight runs to score and sending 13 Blue Hens to bat. Of the eight Delaware runs, only the first was earned and charged against the Colonials closer Lutz. Luckily, GW had scored three runs in the top of the ninth leaving enough cushion for a total defensive collapse in the final half inning.
At the end of the day, a win is a win and this victory was the Colonials 13th consecutive. The Colonials tie a school record set in 1998 with the win which improved to 37-14 on the year. GW has five more regular season games to play and a chance at getting 40 wins in the regular season. At this point alone, the Colonials have already tied their third highest win total in a season. GW has also collected an 18-3 conference record which is the most conference wins that the team has ever earned.
The Colonials play their final A-10 series this Friday and Saturday at Duquesne. GW will play a single nine inning game on Friday starting at 4:00 pm followed by two seven inning games on Saturday starting at noon. The Colonials have swept their last three conference series and have already clinched first place in the Atlantic 10 West earning them a first round playoff bye. The Colonials will play in their fifth consecutive conference tournament, best in the A-10, and are battling Rhode Island, who is 17-4 in the A-10, for the number one overall seed in the A-10 Tournament held in Norwich, CT.