GW Baseball Rolls Past Duquesne, 11-5, with a Nine-Run Sixth Inning
May 18, 2007
ARLINGTON, VA - In a game that they had to win, George Washington (22-31-1, 13-13 A-10) erased any question of the outcome in just one inning of play. The Colonials scored nine runs and recorded seven hits as they sent 15 batters to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning.
It was the highest scoring inning for GW this season and it allowed them to cruise to an 11-5 victory over Duquesne (22-28, 10-16 A-10) in the second game of their three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series.
Unfortunately, for the Colonials, the victory was bittersweet, as St. Bonaventure defeated Temple, 7-5, earlier in the day, officially eliminating GW from contention for the A-10 Tournament. It marks the first time they have not advanced to the post-season since the 1999 season. Entering Saturday's game, GW needed two win their final two contests and then hope that the Bonnies would drop both of their games against the Owls.
Today, the Colonials manufactured the first run of the game in the top of the third inning, to take the 1-0 lead. Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ/Wall) reached first on a walk, stole second and then came around to score on a double hit by Michael Parker (Newton, MA/Newton South) that landed on the chalk down the right field line. It was Parker's team-leading 22nd double of the season, putting him just one away from tying the single-season record at GW.
In the fourth, Duquesne fought back and pushed across two runs. Will Carroll drove in the first run with a single into right field and then Pat Kimutis followed with a sac-fly to score Aaron Janusey.
GW answered in the fifth, tying the game at two, when Mickey Shupin blasted the first pitch saw over the left field fence for his second home of the season, and just the third of his career.
After Duquesne singled home a run in the top of the sixth to take the 3-2 lead, GW exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the frame. In all, the Colonials sent 15 batters to the plate and recorded five singles and two doubles. Six different players recorded at least one RBI. Freshman Curtis Eward (Oak Hill, VA/Oakton) had two hits in the inning, an RBI-single and an RBI-double. GW scored five runs before the first out was even recorded. The nine runs were more than GW has scored in 39 separate games this season. Duquesne used a total of four pitchers in the inning in an attempt to stop the GW offensive onslaught.
The Dukes managed to push across two runs in the top of the ninth, but it was all for not, as Brian Frazier (Allentown, PA/Emmaus) shut the door and secured the 11-5 win.
Freshman starting pitcher Scott Swinson (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) picked up his fifth win of the season after allowing just three runs on seven hits in six innings of work.
The series finale, and season finale for both teams, is Saturday, at 12:00 p.m. It will be the final game in the Buff and Blue for red-shirt seniors Derek Haese (Littleton, CO/Dakota Ridge) and Mickey Shupin and seniors Michael Parker and Whitey Wallace (Syracuse, NY/Phillips Exeter Academy).
Game Notes: Eight of the nine GW starters recorded at least one hit and seven of the nine had at least one RBI ... Curtis Eward and Michael Parker had two hits each ... Shupin's stolen base was the 33rd of the season the 79th of his career.