Tom Shanley Named A-10 Rookie of the Week To Open Season
Feb. 20, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington freshman shortstop Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY/Pine Plains) has been named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, the conference has announced. Shanley claimed the award in the first week of the season as the Colonials jumped out to a 2-1 start, including an 11-inning win over No. 18 Stetson at the Stetson Invitational Tournament in DeLand, Fl.
Shanley started his rookie campaign hitting .429 over his first three games. He has the highest batting average of the starters and is tied for the team lead with six hits. His first collegiate hit was a critical double to left center field versus Stetson. His hit snowballed into a five-run seventh in which he got an RBI and a run.
Shanley went 3-5 in his next start against Kentucky but did not advance past second base in the Colonials 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Wildcats. Shanley finished the weekend with a 2-4 day against Maryland scoring the final run in an eight-run fourth inning. Striking out just once in 14 at-bats, he has made one error with nine assists and three putouts defensively.
Hitting out of the nine spot, Shanley's pop has been a welcome boon for GW. Despite his apparent youth, Shanley has been a key component in the Colonials success so far this season. He started all three games at shortstop playing every inning, including two 11-inning games.
Shanley has made an immediate impact at George Washington. During his senior year, he was named New York State's Player of the Year while competing in Baseball, Hockey, Soccer, and Basketball.