Colonials Conclude Regular Season With 40-16 Record By Topping Towson 14-3
Dan Sullivan Wins Ninth Straight Start While Joe Michalski and Anthony Smith Homer Twice
May 19, 2004
ARLINGTON, VA - The Colonials concluded the regular season with a 14-3 win over Towson at Barcroft Park for their record 22nd home win of the year. GW's regular season record of 40-16 is their best winning percentage since 1959 and the most regular season wins ever. Pitching ace Dan Sullivan earned his ninth straight win in as many starts. Joe Michalski and Anthony Smith each homered twice.
The Colonials (40-16, A-10 19-5) are first place in the Atlantic 10 West and will enter next weekend's A-10 Tournament as the number two seed behind Rhode Island who went 20-4 in conference. GW earned a first round bye and will play on Thursday at 3:30 pm in Norwich, CT against the winner between the third and sixth seed. Duquesne, who was the only team to beat GW in an A-10 series, snatched the sixth seed and Richmond has the inside track to be the third seed. The Spiders, who the Colonials beat in the Championship in 2002, need to win just one at Massachusetts this weekend, otherwise St. Bonaventure will be the three seed and Richmond will be fourth.
Sullivan who started for the Colonials has now won each of his last nine starts and has strung together an incredible 10-3 record after starting 1-3. Sullivan, who was tied for 27th in the country in wins to start the week, is now just one win shy of his former teammate Greg Conden for the single season mark of 11. Sullivan's career 16-5 record is sixth all-time at GW. Only a junior, Sullivan's 16th win puts him ninth place all-time and he is tied for eighth with 32 career starts. He is close to the top 10 list in three other categories needing five more complete games, seven more appearances, and 41 more strikeouts.
Versus Towson (17-32) Sullivan pitched five effective innings and was Johnson-like through the first three innings retiring the first 11 batters in order. He gave up his first hit in the fourth on single with two outs after striking the first two batters out. Adam Heffron's single was followed by a two-out, two-run home run by designated hitter Casper Wells. Wells welted another ball in the ninth inning for his second homer of the day but the Colonials were well ahead, winning 14-3.
11 different Colonials had a hit including pitcher David Cutler's first collegiate at bat, hit, and RBI. The offensive star for the Colonials was the catcher Michalski who connected on two home runs after a single in the second inning snapped him out of a slump. Michalski hit a two run homer to center field in the third and a solo shot to leadoff the fifth. Freshman phenomenon Anthony Smith also had two homers and now leads the team with 15 bolts. GW's RBI leader had two solo shots and raised his conference mark to 67 RBI moving him up on the national list where he has been as high as sixth. -GW-