Preview: GW Baseball (0-0) At No. 16 Florida Atlantic (7-0)
Three-game Series February 20-22, Friday 7:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm
Feb. 20, 2004
Series at a Glance
Date: Friday, February 20; Saturday, February 21; and Sunday, February 22, 2004
Time: 7:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 12:00pm EST
Field (Capacity): Florida Atlantic Field (2,000)
Place: Boca Raton, FL
George Washington (Streak): 0-0, 0-0 (0)
Road Record: 0-0
Last Game: Rained out at Norfolk State 2/11/04
Florida Atlantic(Streak): 7-0, 0-0 (Won 7)
Home Record: 6-0
Last Game: Won 7-2 vs. Southern Illinois, 2/15/04
Series: FAU leads 1-0
Last Meeting: FAU won 9-1 in 1984
Live Stats: Internet Gametracker: www.GWSports.com
Coming Up: The Colonials open the season at home against Georgetown on Tuesday, February 24 at Barcroft Park at 2:30 pm.
BOCA RATON, FL - The George Washington Colonials will open their season in Florida for the second-straight season when they start a three-game series against No. 16 Florida Atlantic on Friday in Boca Raton. Last year's club earned an opening day victory with No. 18 Stetson in an 11-inning battle. The two teams have met only once previously when FAU defeated GW, 9-1, in 1984.
Like last year, the Colonials were charted to play locally against Norfolk State to start the season but the game was cancelled again this year due to cold and rainy mid-Atlantic temperatures. In 2003 GW went 2-1 to start the season en route to a 15-4 start, the team's best since going 19-4 in 1957.
Projected Starting Line-ups
George Washington (2003 Season Statistics)
1. Matt Owens, CF (.261 AVG, 26 R, 24 H, 5 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 7 SB)
2. Tom Shanley, SS (.398 AVG, 48 R, 74 H, 6 2B, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 5 SB)
3. Anthony Raglani, LF (.331 AVG, 48 R, 60 H, 19 2B, 6 HR, 40 RBI, 12 SB)
4. Ryan Roberson, 1B (.383 AVG, 43 R, 75 H, 14 2B, 8 HR, 68 RBI, 9 SB)
5. Jeff Fertitta, C (.247 AVG, 32 R, 45 H, 12 2B, 4 HR, 48 RBI, 6 SB)
6. Brad Rosenblat, RF (.261 AVG, 41 R, 36 H, 11 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 1 SB)
7. Josh Goldberg, DH (Rookie in his first year with the Colonials)
8. Geoff Milsom, 3B (.224 AVG, 18 R, 30 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 1 SB)
9. Mickey Shupin, 2B (Redshirted last year with the Colonials)
Key Colonials Reserves:
Bill Powell, 1B/DH (1.000 AVG, 1 H)
Anthony Smith, 1B, DH (Rookie in his first year with the Colonials)
Michael Parker, 2B (Rookie in his first year with the Colonials)
Projected Pitching Match-ups:
Friday: GW's left-handed junior Dan Sullivan vs. FAU's left-handed senior Randy Beam
Saturday: GW's right-handed sophomore Josh Wilkie vs. FAU's right-handed senior Matt O'Brien
Sunday: GW's TBD vs. FAU's right-handed freshman Mike Crotta
There are four current Colonials pitchers on GW's all-time winningest pitchers list. In fact, Sophomore Dan Pfau leads the list after having had a perfect 6-0 record as a freshman. Senior captain Dennis Gramolini is tied of second on the list with a 5-1 record. Also on the list are junior Dan Sullivan and sophomore Josh Wilkie who are both tied for sixth all-time with a 6-2 career record.
Home Sweet Home:
GW went 19-3 at Barcroft Park in 2003 for the team's best ever .864 winning percentage at home. Since their arrival at Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA, the Colonials are an impressive 176-83 (.680) at home. GW has also won more than 20 games at home in four out of the last six seasons. In 2004, the Colonials have the benefit of playing 30 games at home including 19 games in the month of May alone.
GW Batting Records (Active Players)
Career batting average:
3. .398 (74-186) Tom Shanley (2003-)
Tom Shanley had a 15-game hitting streak to start his collegiate career in 2003.
Runs Batted In:
Jeff Fertitta needs six to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 118.
Ryan Roberson needs 34 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 84.
Jeff Fertitta needs four to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 18.
Joe Michalski needs just five to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 17.
Ryan Roberson needs nine home runs to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 13.
Anthony Raglani needs nine to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 32.
Ryan Roberson needs 17 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 24.
Jeff Fertitta needs 18 walks to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 72.
GW Pitching Records (Active Players)
Highest Winning Percentage:
1. 1.000 (6-0) Dan Pfau (2003-)
T2. .833 (5-1) Dennis Gramolini (2000-)
T6. .750 (6-2) Dan Sullivan (2002-)
T6. .750 (6-2) Josh Wilkie (2003-)
T5. 7 Nick Koken (2002-)
Dennis Gramolini needs seven to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 43.
Dan Sullivan needs 17 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 33.
Nick Koken needs 18 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 32.
Avi Rasowsky needs 20 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 30.