GW Beats Rhode Island For The Second Time In Two Days, 8-4
May 16, 2003
Norwich, CT -- George Washington defeated Rhode Island, 8-4, for the second time in two days. The Colonials were lead by freshman Dan Pfau who had an amazing 13 strikeouts, the best of any Colonials pitcher this year, to improve to 6-0 this season. Pfau was one strikeout away from tying an A-10 Tournament record set in 1984. GW will now play Richmond, who lost to Xavier today, at 4:00 PM on Saturday.
Dan Pfau pitched an incredible game for his second complete game of his young career. He was named last week's A-10 Rookie of the Week with a win and a save. Pfau now has 59 strikeouts in 61 innings in eight starts. The Colonials have now one three of the five meetings between the Colonials and the Rams this year. GW needs to defeat Richmond tomorrow in order to face the loser of Xavier and UMass in the final game of the A-10 Tournament. The winner of the final game will advance to the Finals of the 2003 Atlantic 10 Championship.
The Colonials generated their first run in the bottom of the third inning when catcher Joe Michalski opened the inning with a leadoff triple. This was Michalski's first start in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and he came up big with two hits. Travis Crowder then sent a 2-0 pitch to left-centerfield which scored Michalski on a sacrifice fly, Crowder's first of the season.
Rhode Island produced three runs in the top of the fourth after their leadoff hitter, D.J. Burns reached on a contriversial call. After bunting back to the pitcher, the umpire ruled that the first baseman's foot was off of the bag as the throw was made in time from Pfau. He then advance to second on a stolen base before Justin Lamboy walked. Dan Batz then knocked in a run with a single as did Dan Tucker. The Rams scored their final run of the inning on a groundout to the third baseman that drove in Batz.
GW answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to make the score 3-2 favoring URI after four inning of play. Ryan Roberson singled to leadoff the inning and then stole second advancing to third on an overthrow from the catcher. After URI starter Reid Willett struck out the next batter before Brad Rosenblat scored Roberson with a groundout to the second baseman. Tom Shanley and Joe Michalski then singled but the inning ended on a flyout to rightfield.
Freshman Matt Owens got things going to start a four-run fifth inning for GW with a single up the middle. In an effort to hold Owens at first, Rams pitcher Willett threw the ball past the first baseman advancing Shanley to third on the play. Ryan Roberson was then intentionally walked and the next two Colonials. Owens would score on a wild pitch and Roberson would score on a balk. Tom Shanley then hit a two-run single up the middle to give GW an 6-3 lead.
The Rams scored in the top of the sixth inning after Lamboy led off with a bunt single to the third baseman. He would advance to second on a wild pitch and score on an RBI single by Batz. GW picked up two more runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning when Owens walked. After Anthony Raglani reached on catcher interference, Roberson collected an RBI single to the second baseman to score Owens for his second run of the game.
Tom Shanley is now tied with URI's Dan Batz for the league-lead in batting average at .391. Chris Barry is now tied with senior teammate Tony Dokoupil for 10th all-time at GW with 286 total bases. Travis Crowder is now 10th all-time with 646 at bats over his five years. He and Dokoupil are tied for 9th with 199 games played. Said Tom Walter of his freshman pitcher, "I can't say enough about the performance Danny Pfau gave us tonight, it was just a huge effort." GW has had excellent starting pitching in the tournament with a complete game from Dan Sullivan and now Pfau. Greg Conden also went seven full innings preserving GW bullpen for the final stretch of the A-10 Tournament.