Baseball Breaks Record With 14th Straight Victory, 4-1, Over Duquesne
May 14, 2004
PITTSBURGH, PA - The Colonials won their 14th consecutive game with a 4-1 victory over Duquesne and set a school record for the longest winning streak in GW baseball history. Dan Sullivan allowed only one run in seven and two thirds of an inning, winning his eighth consecutive conference game. Derrik Lutz pitched the rest of the way and earned his record-breaking 11th save of the season.
The Colonials (38-14, 19-3 A-10) had already clinched the Atlantic 10 West crown but picked up their record 19th conference win with their 4-1 victory over the Dukes of Duquesne (18-26, 9-10 A-10). Dan Sullivan again carried the team on his back and completes conference play with a perfect 8-0 record in eight starts. Derrik Lutz not only set a single season saves record with his 11th in one and a third innings pitched, but the freshman is now second in career saves at GW.
Sullivan who is just a junior has a 15-5 career record which is seventh all-time at GW in terms of winning percentage. His 15 career wins are tied for ninth all-time and he needs just two more to tie former teammate Greg Conden for the single season record with 11 victories. With his 31st career start, Sullivan is now tied for 10th all-time in starts and he needs just 45 more strikeouts to make the list.
Offensively senior Jeff Fertitta led the way with two doubles and a single. He also accounted for two of GW's four RBI on a two-run double in the seventh inning. Fertitta needs just two more doubles to make the all-time list and collected his 145 RBI putting him eighth all-time at GW. Anthony Raglani, who also doubled, moved from eighth in doubles into a four way tie for fifth with his 46th career double. Fertitta needs four more total bases to make GW's top 10 while Raglani needs nine. Fertitta is also nearing the top 10 in at bats where he needs only two more and games played where he is five shy.
The Colonials scored their first run in the fifth when Raglani doubled and Ryan Roberson scored him from third on a sacrifice fly after Raglani moved over on a wild pitch. GW scored two more on Fertitta's double in the seventh after Anthony Smith singled and Brad Rosenblat walked. The Dukes cut the lead to two in the bottom of the eighth as Luke Taggart singled in Dan Schwartzbauer, but the Dukes left two men on base to end a threat. The Colonials added an insurance run in the ninth for the final score.
The two teams will conclude the series on Saturday with two seven inning games starting at noon. The Colonials have won their first seven A-10 series and have their best overall winning percentage since 1959.