Colonials Complete Sweep, Down Duquesne on Senior Day, 6-2
May 19, 2007
ARLINGTON, VA - In the 2007 season finale, George Washington (23-31-1, 14-13 A-10) defeated Duquesne (22-29, 10-17 A-10) by a final of 6-2 early Saturday afternoon in the third and final game of their three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series, played at Barcroft Park.
The win was GW's sixth in a row and it gave them a winning record in conference play.
Today's contest was also 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 (Newton, MA/Newton South) and Whitey Wallace (Syracuse, NY/Phillips Exeter Academy).
All four players will be leaving on a high note: Shupin was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI; Parker finished 1-for-3 with a run; Wallace scored GW's first run of the game; and Haese pitched the final three innings to earn his third save of the season, and the fourth of his career.
The Dukes stole the spotlight early in the top of the first, as they scored two runs on just hit, taking advantage of two walks and two hit batters.
GW stormed back in their half of the third, as they plated four runs on three hits and capitalized on two errors made by Duquesne outfielders. Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ/Wall) playing his final collegiate game, opened the scoring with a single to left field that drove in Whitey Wallace (Syracuse, NY/Phillips Exeter Academy). A sac-bunt by Tom Zebroski (Port Washington, NY/Paul Schreiber) forced home GW's second run of the day and a two-RBI single from Charlie Kruer (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) made it 4-2 in favor of the Colonials.
In the fourth, Gavin Swanson (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall College HS) extended the GW lead with his ninth home run of the season, a solo-shot deep over the fence in left-center.
The Colonials made it 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth, as Tom Zebroski scored on a wild pitch after doubling to lead-off the inning. It was just his fourth extra-base hit of the season.
Freshman Ryan Lapointe (Somersworth, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy) got the start for GW, his ninth of the season, and worked the first six innings, allowing two runs on just two hits while recording five strike outs. He struck out the side swinging in his sixth and final inning as he earned his fifth win.
For GW, the season ends here, despite the series-sweep, as St. Bonaventure's win on Friday eliminated their postseason chances. At 14-13, GW finished with a winning record in A-10 play for the eighth consecutive season.
Game Notes:.Derek Haese struck out four of the 10 batters he faced ... as part of the Senior Day celebrations before the game, Mickey Shupin was presented with the Warren H. Fulton Memorial Award ... Gavin Swanson finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.