GW Tames the West, Takes A-10 Division With DH Split at Temple
Colonials Win the Series Opener 8-4, Drop Game Two 8-5
May 19, 2005
AMBLER, PA - The George Washington University baseball team (38-17, 16-7 A-10) clinched the Atlantic 10 West Division Thursday with a doubleheader split against Temple University (17-32, 8-15 A-10), taking game one 8-4 and dropping game two 8-5 at Ambler Field.
With the regular season Division title, the Colonials will be the second-seed and take a first-round bye into the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.
With game one tied 4-4 in the sixth inning, GW posted four runs in the frame with an RBI single from left fielder Josh Goldberg (Albany, NY / Albany Academy) , a two-run triple from second baseman Michael Parker (Newton, MA / Newton South) and a run scoring hit from shortstop Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ / Wall) to take the seven-inning game 8-4.
First baseman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD / James H. Blake) put the Colonials on the board first with a second inning two-run home run (14).
The Owls erupted for three straight two-out singles to load the bases in the third inning before first baseman Mike Weckenman drove in two runs with a single to tie the game 2-2.
The Colonials added a run in the fourth and the fifth inning to take a 4-2 advantage before the Owls fought back for two runs to tie the game 4-4 in their half of the fifth.
Roberson went 3-for-3 with a home run in the game and would raise his A-10 leading batting average to .417 by the end of the day.
RHP Derrik Lutz (Grantville, PA / Lower Dauphin) improved to 8-0 with four runs and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings. RHP Joel Brookens (Fayetteville, PA / Gettysburg Area) recorded the final out to earn his eighth save.
Temple starter RHP Chris McCafferty (3-8) allowed all eight Colonial runs as he went the distant in the loss.
Game two witnessed the GW defense come unglued as the Colonials took a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning and commit four errors that led to four unearned Owl runs, gift wrapping the game for Temple 8-5.
Roberson (15) and right fielder Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA / Newman / Tulane) (17) each connected for solo home runs and Goldberg (4) cracked a two-run shot in the game.
Temple second baseman Justin Copper went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and left fielder Frank Nunan collected two singles in three at-bats.
GW starter LHP Dan Sullivan (Stony Point, NY / North Rockland) allowed two earned runs in five innings before turning it over to RHP Brian Frazier (Allentown, PA / Emmaus) (7-1) who was the victim of the four Colonial errors.
Weckenman (3-2) moved from first base to the pitchers mound for the Owls in game two and yielded five earned runs in five innings and took the win. RHP Tim Andrel notched his second save of the year.
The third and final game of the series is set for Friday at 12:00 pm.
GW will return home after the game and prepare for postseason play, beginning Thursday, May 27, in Dayton, OH.