Baseball's Anthony Smith Wins Second Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week Award
March 29, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington baseball freshman standout Anthony Smith (Katonah, NY/John Jay) was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week the conference has announced. This is Smith's second such honor and a conference-high third Rookie of the Week award for the Colonials this year.
Smith was dominant from the plate and from the mound as the Colonials went 4-1 this week. He started the week with an awesome pitching performance against Delaware State by throwing seven shutout innings and striking out 10. He only allowed five hits and did not issue a single walk in his team leading third win of the year. At one point, Smith struck out four in-a-row and six in seven batters in GW's 5-1 win.
Offensively, Smith provided some pop from the plate including a grand slam home run against UMass that put the Colonials ahead for good in the third and deciding game of their A-10 opening series. He also had a game-winning home run against Norfolk State when he hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to put the Colonials up by one, 10-9. Earlier in that game he had provided two more RBI with a two-run double, his team leading ninth of the year.
On the week Smith had eight RBI on two homers and a double while earning a win as a pitcher. While his average was down, he is still leading the team with a .383 average and was batting as high as .500 recently. Smith is first for GW in several key categories including average at.383, RBI with 40, doubles with 9 and a .753 slugging percentage. He has seven homers, 17 runs and 61 total bases.
The Colonials went 4-1 during the week including a conference series win over Massachusetts who beat GW in the A-10 Tournament last season. The Colonials have won eight of their first 12 games in their current 14-game home stand including a five-game winning streak. GW is 13-4 at home this season and has won 32 of its last 39 games at Barcroft over the last two years.