GW Defeats Dayton, Captures A-10 Series
Colonials Jump Out to a 7-2 Lead, Hang on to Win, 8-6
May 13, 2007
DAYTON, OH - George Washington (19-31-1, 11-13 A-10) freshman Tom Zebroski (Port Washington, NY/Paul Schreiber) had four hits and two RBI to lead the Colonials past Dayton (19-31, 8-16 A-10) by a final of 8-6 Sunday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Stadium in the rubber-game of their Atlantic 10 Conference series.
For Zebroski, it was his first four-hit performance of his young career. He added two stolen bases in the win.
The victory was the second straight for GW over Dayton, and just the third in their past nine conference games.
In Sunday's contest, GW jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after one inning of play. Senior Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ/Wall) led-off with an opposite field single into right field and then promptly stole second to put himself in scoring position. Zebroski followed with his own single down the right field line and then stole second to put runners at second and third with no outs. Michael Parker (Newton, MA/Newton South) then reached on a fielder's choice as Shupin was gunned down trying to score on a groundball to third. Parker later scored on Charlie Kruer's (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) double into left field before Andrew Abokhair (Ashburn, VA/Broad Run) laid down a sac-bunt to plate Parker for the second run of the game.
GW added a run in the third when Kruer singled home Parker from second base.
After Dayton plated a run in the third to make it 3-2 in favor of the Colonials, GW scored three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to extend their lead and take control of the game. In the fourth, Parker, Kruer and Abokhair had three consecutive RBI-hits and then in the fifth, Zebroski had his third hit of the day, an RBI-single into right field.
Zebroski's fourth hit of the day, in the seventh, drove in the eighth and final GW run on the day.
Freshman Ryan Lapointe (Somersworth, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy) earned his fourth win of the season as he scattered eight hits and allowed four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Senior Derek Haese (Littleton, CO/Dakota Ridge), working for the second day in a row, pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season and just the second of his career. He now ranks 11th all-time at GW with 60 appearances.
George Washington travels to James Madison on Tuesday to face the Dukes at 4:00 p.m.
Game Notes: Mickey Shupin and Charlie Kruer both added three hits ... Shupin extended his hit streak to seven games and also stole three bases, giving him 32 this season and 76 in his career ... with another double, Michael Parker is now tied for seventh all-time at GW with 46 two-baggers in his career ... Parker is also now tied for 10th all-time at GW with 42 career stolen bases.
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