GW Baseball Advances in A-10 Tourney With 4-2 Win Over Dayton
Colonials Play Again Friday With Rematch Against Richmond
May 27, 2005
DAYTON, OH - The George Washington University baseball team (40-18) scored three times in the first inning and starter RHP Josh Wilkie (Alpharetta, GA / Chattahoochee) (8-3) allowed two runs on five hits in 8.1 innings in the Colonials' 4-2 Atlantic 10 Tournament victory over Dayton (36-23) on Friday at Fifth Third Field.
GW moves to within one win of the Championship Round as it will play again Friday in a rematch with Richmond scheduled to start at 9:30 pm.
GW lost to the Spiders 10-3 on Thursday in the second day of the double elimination tournament. Richmond dropped the first game of the day on Friday to Rhode Island 8-3. The winner of Colonials and Spiders' game will face the Rams on Saturday.
The Colonials' one-two hitters got things going in the top of the first inning when right fielder Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA / Newman / Tulane) and third baseman Geoff Milsom (New York, NY / Poly Prep / Notre Dame) singled and double, respectively, and scored on a sacrifice fly and a Flyers' error to take a 2-0 lead.
Second baseman Michael Parker (Newton, MA / Newton South) gave GW another run in the inning when he advanced from second to third on a bunt single and continued running to home and scored, catching UD's defense off guard to put the Colonials on top 3-0.
Designated hitter Bill Simpson (Old Westbury, NY / South Carolina) doubled with one out in the fourth inning and scored on catcher Joe Michalski's (Ellicott City, MD / Mt. Hebron) base hit to stretch the Colonials' lead to 4-0.
The Flyers got on the board in the fifth inning when designated hitter William Benoit led-off the frame with a walk, moved to second on a ground out and scored on third baseman Joe McSoley's single, cutting the Colonials' lead to 4-1.
Wilkie withstood two rain delays, totaling 35 minutes, during the game to pitch into the ninth inning with a three-run advantage. The junior surrendered a one-out walk in the ninth and then handed things over to closer RHP Joel Brookens (Fayetteville, PA / Gettysburg Area) who yielded a hit and an inherited run before picking up his A-10 leading 10th save.
UD starter RHP Drew Chesebro (1-3) settled down after the first inning and was effective in his 6.0 innings of work but suffered the loss.
GW first baseman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD / James H. Blake) went 3-for-3 in the game and raised his conference leading batting average to .425.
The Colonials took all four games against the Flyers this season.
The start of the game was delayed two hours due to inclement weather.
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