GW Wraps Regular Season With 6-3 Win at Temple
Colonials Take 2 of 3 From Owls in Tune Up Series for A-10 Tournament
May 21, 2005
AMBLER, PA - The George Washington University baseball team (39-17, 17-7 A-10) concluded its 2005 regular season Saturday with a 6-3 conference victory against Temple University (17-33, 8-16 A-10) at Ambler Field.
The Colonials clinched the Atlantic 10 West Division title with a win at Temple Thursday and will be the two-seed in the conference tournament that begins Wednesday May 25 in Dayton, OH. As the second-seeded team, GW earns a first round bye and will begin tournament play Thursday against the winner of the Fordham vs. Richmond contest.
After six scoreless innings in Saturday's game, the Colonials took a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh on first baseman Ryan Roberson's (Silver Spring, MD / James H. Blake) RBI single.
GW relinquished the lead in the bottom half of the frame when starter RHP Josh Wilkie (Alpharetta, GA / Chattahoochee) (7-3) surrendered a two-out single followed by back-to-back RBI doubles from shortstop Jason Connor and first baseman Mike Weckenman as the Owls took a 2-1 advantage. Wilkie would earn the win.
But the Colonials came roaring back in the eighth as shortstop Mickey Shupin (Sea Girt, NJ / Wall) tripled in a run and, after an intentional walk to Roberson, third baseman Michael Parker (Newton, MA / Newton South) knocked in Shupin with a base hit to give GW a 3-2 lead.
Temple tied the game in the eighth when catcher Matt Lafferty doubled and came around to score on pinch-hitter Frank Nunen's two-base hit to set the score 3-3. Cooper immediately followed with a single and Nunen attempted to give the Owls the lead but was gunned down at the plate to keep the game tied.
The wheels fell off for Temple in the ninth as the Colonials put runners on the corners with one out. Reliever RHP Tim Andrel was then called for a balk that allowed a run to score and give GW a 4-3 lead.
Another intentional walk to Roberson included a wild pitch, putting runners on second and third. Parker came through again with an infield hit to shortstop that drove in both runs and gave the Colonials the 6-3 win.
Parker collected four hits with three RBIs in the game.
Reliever RHP Joel Brookens (Fayetteville, PA / Gettysburg Area) struck out the side in the ninth to record the save (9).
Owls' starter Tim Foulkrod (6-7) went eight innings in the loss.