Tom Shanley Earns Second A-10 Rookie of the Week Award
March 14, 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 earns the honor for the second time this year for his outstanding play for the week ending on March 9. During the week, Shanley hit .538 including his first collegiate home run keying a seven-run Colonials comeback.
In the first half of Sunday's doubleheader against Fairfield, Shanley came to the plate in the seventh inning without a hit in two previous at-bats. This appeared to be his final at-bat of the game as the Colonials were three outs from losing the seven-inning game. With GW down 8-1 and two men on, Shanley hit his first collegiate home run to keep his hitting streak alive. More importantly, the homer keyed the Colonials comeback as they tied the game in the bottom of the seventh forcing extra innings.
After giving up a run in the top of the eighth inning, the Colonials looked to Shanley again for a lift. He came through again, this time with a single to leadoff the bottom of the eighth inning. Two batters later Shanley scored when senior captain Chris Barry blasted a two-run walk-off home run for an amazing 10-9 GW victory.
Shanley who started all four of the Colonials games for the week helped them run off four straight wins. The starting shortstop had two doubles, one homer, seven runs and five RBI.
GW (10-4) lost three of its four games this season to No. 1 Georgia Tech. Since returning from Atlanta, the Colonials have won five straight games while scoring in double digits in three of the them.
Shanley was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the first week of the 2003 season and claimed the honor again on March 11th. Since then, he has not missed a step continuing his hitting streak to 14 including his second homer, hit against Delaware on March 13. He leads GW in average .431, slugging percentage .608, on base percentage .473, and hits 22.