GW Baseball Recognized in College Baseball Insider Preview

Feb. 7, 2017 Atlantic 10 Season Preview recently published its Atlantic 10 Season Preview and a pair of George Washington baseball players were recognized amongst the conference's top players ahead of the 2017 season.

Senior Joey Bartosic was named the third-best pure hitter in the conference as well as one of the top-three defensive outfielders.

At the plate, Bartosic is coming off a career-year where he garnered ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region First Team and Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team honors after leading the Atlantic 10 with 87 hits and ranking fifth overall with a .349 batting average. The Oakton, Virginia, native also led the A-10 with a .426 batting average in conference games while leading the Colonials with 27 multiple-hit games, 44 runs and 19 stolen bases.

Defensively, Bartosic recorded five outfield assists from center field while committing just five errors for a .969 fielding percentage.

Junior Robbie Metz was tabbed as one of the top-three defensive infielders in the conference. The Poolesville, Maryland, native committed just six errors in 260 chances in the field last season for a .977 fielding percentage. Metz started 54 games in the field (49 at 2B) and hit .252 with 25 runs, seven doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs. He also started nine games on the mound and earned a pair of wins with 14 strikeouts in 31.2 innings.

Head Coach Gregg Ritchie was also recognized in the publication. The fifth-year head coach was named the Best Game Coach. A 1986 graduate of GW and an All-American outfielder, Ritchie has a 102-117 overall record, along with a 52-46 mark in the A-10 and a 5-6 record in the A-10 Championship, in his first four seasons at the helm of the program.



GW opens the 2017 season with a four-game series at Auburn, beginning on Friday, February 17.

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