Baseball Wins Battle Of The George, 12-3, Over Mason For 39th Victory
Ryan Roberson Hits Team-High 14th Homer, Four Colonials Have Three Hits
May 18, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - The Colonials collected their 39th victory and tied a record with 21 home wins when they beat George Mason 12-3 at Barcroft Park. This is GW's second win of the year against local rival GMU with both teams positioned well in their respective conference tournaments. Ryan Roberson hit his team-high 14th home run of the year and drove in five runs as the Colonials collected 16 hits.
The Colonials (39-16, 19-5 A-10) collected eight extra-base hits including three homers and five doubles. George Mason (34-14, 18-3 CAA) managed only four hits and had only one until Chris Looze hit a homer in the fifth with two outs off of GW starter Nate CasaGrande. CasaGrande earned his second win of the season in just his third start and 10th appearance of the year. Dan Jaycox was tagged with the loss in his first collegiate start after going just two innings as the first of four Patriots pitchers.
Roberson led the Colonials charge at the plate with five RBI on three hits, a homer and two singles. Roberson's three-run blast in the first was the 27th of his three-year career which moves him into a tie for eighth all-time at GW. In the second inning Tom Shanley hit his second double of the game driving in Matt Owens and Fertitta. Roberson drove in two more runs in the third when Owens and Shanley scored. Bill Simpson picked up his first RBI in the fifth on a single that scored Geoff Milsom. In the seventh, Simpson hit his seventh home run of the year which also drove in Fertitta for his third RBI of the game. Anthony Raglani moved one homer within GW's all-time top 10 list with a two-run shot, the Colonials second two-run homer in a four-run in the seventh inning.
CasaGrande pitched five effective innings allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on just two hits. He gave up a single to the first batter he faced and a home run to the second-to-last batter of his 99-pitch performance. Jeff Palumbo hit a single to start the game to break the all-time hits record at George Mason. He now has 266 after going two-for-four and raising his team-high average above .400. After his single in the first, Palumbo stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Catcher Jeff Fertitta fielded the ball in the dirt and tried to throw Palumbo out at third but his throw tailed away from the third baseman and sailed into right field allowing him to score as an unearned run.
CasaGrande showed some signs of inaccuracy by walking five on the day but was largely unharmed by the free bases he allowed. In the third inning he struck out two of the first three batters he faced but then loaded the bases on walks before getting the number four hitter to fly out. In the fifth, his final inning, he gave up a walk and then a two-run home run to Chris Looze who hit his 14th homer of the year.
The Colonials play their last regular season game at 3:00 pm against Towson at Barcroft Park in Arlington. GW's ace Dan Sullivan who is tied for 27th in the nation with nine wins will get the start. The Colonials who have already set a school record with 39 regular season wins will have a chance to get to 40 on Wednesday. A win against Towson, who they swept 10-0 earlier in the year, would also set a record for with 22 home victories at Barcroft Park.