Bill Simpson Named A-10 Rookie of the Week With Three Homers
March 1, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington freshman Bill Simpson (Old Westbury, NY/Carle Place/South Carolina) has been named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, the conference announced on Monday, March 1. Simpson made his mark when he hit two home runs in his first-ever collegiate offensive start on February, 24 against Georgetown. The freshman batted .500 for the week and hit a team-high three home runs and five RBI.
Simpson got the ball rolling in GW's 7-6 victory by hitting a solo shot in the fourth inning after the Colonials fell behind 5-0 to Georgetown. He then tied the game in the seventh with a two-run homer keying the Colonials first victory of the season in his first collegiate start. Simpson added another home run against UTSA to give him three homers in his first four games. The freshman batted .500 for the week and led all Colonials with five RBI while adding three runs. He collected 15 total bases and had a slugging percentage of 1.250.
Simpson transfered from South Carolina at the begining of the semester to become the Colonials first High School All-American. Simpson is not only an outstanding hitter but has also been impressive on the mound. He is the only Colonials pitcher who has not yet given up a run. He pitched two scoreless innings against then No. 16 Florida Atlantic.
GW plays its next game on Tuesday, March 2 at Barcroft Park against Old Dominion at 2:30 pm. This should be an exciting rematch as the two teams battled to a 6-5 GW loss last Wednesday in Norfolk, VA. The Colonials had the lead after a solo homer put them ahead in the top of the ninth inning but the Monarchs answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.
The Colonials will play 19 of their 21 games in March at home including a 14-game homestand at the end of the month. The Colonials went 19-3 at Barcroft Park last season en route to a .673 overall winning percentage which was the 32nd-best in the country and GW's best since 1986.