GW Baseball Polishes Off La Salle With Doubleheader Sweep
May 14, 2005
ARLINGTON, VA - The George Washington University baseball team (36-16, 15-6 A-10) inched its way closer to a second straight Atlantic 10 West Division title Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader conference sweep of La Salle University (17-31, 8-13 A-10) at Barcroft Park, winning the first game 11-8 and taking game two 1-0.
With the two wins on Saturday, the Colonials took all three series games against the Explorers.
Game one was a back-and-forth battle that was decided on second baseman Michael Parker's (Newton, MA / Newton South) bases-clearing sixth inning double that knocked in three runs and broke an 8-8 tie to give GW the 11-8 victory in the seven-inning game.
The first two Colonials were retired in the sixth, but a single from designated hitter Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA / Newman / Tulane) and back-to-back walks filled the bases for Parker's two-out double.
GW trailed 8-6 in the fourth inning but Rosenblat tied the game with a two-run home run, his A-10 leading 16th of the season.
The Colonials broke out to a 3-0 first inning lead but La Salle posted two runs in the second and three in the third to take a 5-3 lead. Left fielder John Vincent brought the Explorers to within one run with a two-run home run and three straight doubles to begin the third inning lead to a three-run frame for La Salle.
GW took back the lead in the bottom of the third with its second of three two-out rallies in the game. Back-to-back base hits from first baseman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD / James H. Blake) and Parker were followed by a three-run homer from leftfielder Josh Goldberg (Albany, NY / Albany Academy) (3) to set the score at 6-5.
The Explorers retook control in the fourth inning when centerfielder Ryan Parfit launched a three-run shot to give his team an 8-6 advantage.
Colonials' reliever RHP Nate CasaGrande (Bridgewater, NJ / College of New Jersey) (3-2) took over for starter Dan Sullivan (Stony Point, NY / North Rockland) with two outs in the fourth inning and held La Salle scoreless with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work to record the win. Freshman RHP Joel Brookens (Fayetteville, PA / Gettysburg Area) slammed the door in the seventh to earn the save (6).
Explorers' starter Craig Mushko also lasted just 3.2 innings before two relievers finished the game. RHP Gerard Breslin (4-2) gave up Parker's game deciding three-run double and took the loss.
Game two was a completely different story as GW starter RHP Josh Wilkie (Alpharetta, GA / Chattahoochee) (6-3) won his fourth straight start with a seven-inning complete game three-hit shutout, holding on to the Colonials 1-0 victory.
In the third inning, Rosenblat followed catcher Joe Michalski's (Ellicott City, MD / Mt. Hebron) one-out double with a run scoring single that turned out to be the game winning RBI. Michalski also produced the game's only run in GW's 1-0 win Friday with a solo home run.
La Salle threatened in the top of the seventh inning, getting runners on second and third with two outs. But a hard hit grounder deep in the hole between first and second was fielded by Parker and converted for an out to save the game.
Over his last four starts, Wilkie is 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA.
Explorers' starter RHP Jarrod Ringer (2-7) was extremely solid, yielding just one earned run as he also went the distance but suffered the defeat.
Saturday's doubleheader was the final two home games for the Colonials' 2005 season as seven graduating seniors were honored in a pre game ceremony. GW said goodbye to CasaGrande, Michalski, Rosenblat, Roberson, Sullivan, LHP Avi Rasowsky (Glenmont, NY / Bethlehem Central) and third baseman Geoff Milsom (New York, NY / Notre Dame) as each were recognized for their contributions to the Colonials' baseball program.
Between games of the doubleheader, the University also honored a number of baseball alumni who were in attendance. The GW classes represented ranged from 1952 through 2004.
GW will closeout its regular season with a game Wednesday at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (7:00 pm start) and then an Atlantic 10 three-game series at Temple beginning Thursday.
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