Second A-10 Series Set In New York With A Doubleheader on Saturday Followed By A Game On Sunday
April 2, 2004
Series at a Glance
Date/Time:Saturday at 12:00 pm doubleheader, Sunday nine-inning game at 12:00 pm
Field: Jack Coffey Field
Place: Bronx, NY
George Washington (Streak): 16-11, 2-1 (Won last two games)
Road Record: 2-7
Last Game: 11-2 victory at home against Delaware on Tuesday, March 30
Fordham (Streak): 9-10-1, 3-0 (tied last game)
Home Record: 2-0-1
Last Game:4-4 tie with Manhattan
Series: George Washington leads 8-1 including the last six
Last Meeting: George Washington won 4-3 in 2002 sweeping Fordham in the home series. GW also swept the Rams at Fordham in 1999
Live Stats:Not available for this road game
Coming Up: After facing Fordham the Colonials will take on Navy for the first time since the Midshipmen knocked GW out of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. GW and Navy will play at Barcroft at 2:30 pm on Tuesday April 6.
BRONX, NY - The George Washington Colonials (16-11, 2-1) have an 8-1 edge in the all-time series against Fordham and have swept the Rams in the last two series between the teams. Fordham (9-10-1, 3-0) is undefeated in the A-10 this year after sweeping Dayton in Ohio last weekend. For the Colonials, Tom Shanley will look to extend his 10-game hitting streak while freshman Anthony Smith continues to impress from the mound and at the plate.
Projected Starting Line-up
1. Matt Owens, CF
2. Tom Shanley, 2B
3. Anthony Raglani, LF
4. Ryan Roberson, 3B
5. Anthony Smith, DH
6. Jeff Fertitta, 1B
7. Geoff Milsom, SS
8. Joe Michalski, C
9. Brad Rosenblat, RF
Key Colonials Reserves:
Bill Simpson, DH
Jay Quinn, C
Mickey Shupin, 2B
Michael Parker, SS
Steve Santy, DH
Avi Rasowsky, LHP
Nick Koken, RHP
Derrik Lutz, RHP
Projected Pitching Match-ups:
Saturday Game 1: GW's left-handed junior Dan Sullivan vs. RHP senior John Baco
Saturday Game 2: GW's right-handed sophomore Josh Wilkie vs. RHP senior Rob Semerano
Sunday: GW's left-handed freshman Anthony Smith vs. RHP senior David Rodriguez
GW Baseball Game Notes
Hot After Hammy:
Sophomore Tom Shanley has been unstoppable since his return from a hamstring injury and has at least one hit in all 10 games since his return. Against Delaware he had four consecutive hits including his first grand slam home run and is now batting .383. In his first at bat after an 11-day layoff Shanley slapped a double down the leftfield line. He is now second on the team with eight doubles exceeding last years total of six in just 16 games. Shanley is currently fifth all-time with a .393 career batting average after finishing his freshman campaign with an A-10-best .398. Not only was Shanley last year's A-10 Rookie of the Year, but he was also honored as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.
Winning The Walter Way:
In just his eighth year at George Washington, coach Tom Walter has become the Colonials winningest baseball coach in school history. He now has 250 career victories all with the Colonials. While at GW, the team has broken the record for wins in a season three of the last four years and last year GW had a winning percentage of .673 the best in Walter's tenure.
Home Sweet Home
GW is 14-4 at home this season and has won 33 of their last 40 games at Barcroft over the last two years. GW went 19-3 at Barcroft Park in 2003 for the team's best ever .864 winning percentage at Barcroft Park. Since their arrival at Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA, the Colonials are an impressive 190-87 (.686) 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 18 games in the month of March alone with a 14-game home stand to end the month. Through the first 13 games of the home stretch GW is 9-4 including a five-game winning streak which ended in game two against UMass.
Junior Nick Koken is tied for second place all-time at GW with 10 career saves. He is a perfect three for three in save opportunities this year in his nine appearances this season. Koken is now tied on the saves list with Mike O'Connor who was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the seventh round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft and pitched last year for the Savannah Sand Gnats. Koken collected seven saves as a sophomore closer after starting for much of his freshman year including a no-hitter. After serving as the closer for 2003 Koken had another opportunity to start in 2004. He needs one win to make the best all-time winning percentages list and he currently has a 7-4 record for .636.
Bombs Away And At Home:
The Colonials have used the long ball to regain their winning ways. In fact, the team has out-homered opponents by a 38-15 margin. GW is led by junior Ryan Roberson who has eight and is tied with two others for 10th all-time at GW. Freshman Anthony Smith adds seven. Junior Anthony Raglani has five homers as does sophomore leadoff hitter Matt Owens. Brad Rosenblat has four home runs including a walk-off two-run home run. GW needs 16 more homers to match their 2003 mark.
Appearances Are Everything:
The Colonials have four pitchers within striking distance of GW's all-time appearances list. Senior Dennis Gramolini needs just three more to enter the list but has only appeared in three games so far this year. Junior Avi Rasowsky needs eight more appearance to make the list while classmate Nick Koken needs nine. Both have appeared more than 10 times this year splitting time in the closer role. Starter Dan Sullivan is the Colonials ace and needs 11 more appearances and seven more starts as a junior.
When GW scores double digits, opponents are in trouble. This year the Colonials are 7-0 when they score 10 or more runs. GW is also 8-2 or .800 if the difference in a final score is of five or more runs.
Strangely the Colonials have outscored their opponents in all of the odd numbered innings while giving up more runs than they score in three of the four even innings. GW holds a 102-72 lead in odd innings.
The Colonials had a five-game winning streak snapped Saturday in game two against Massachusetts. GW now has a five and four game winning streak so far in the 2004 season.
These Dudes Were Made For Walking:
GW has 24 more walks this year than their opponents. The Colonials have been granted 111 free passes while issuing only 87 of their own. Anthony Raglani almost makes up the difference single handedly with his 22 this year. In fact, the junior walked four consecutive times after singling last Wednesday.
Anthony Smith has been an outstanding asset to the 2004 Colonials both offensively and as a pitcher. He has been recognized twice by the Atlantic 10 as the Rookie of the Week for the first two weeks of March. Smith leads the Colonials in several key categories including a .383 batting average, .753 slugging percentage, 40 RBI, nine doubles, seven home runs and four wins as a pitcher. Even when Smith pitches, he usually bats for himself and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle when he did so last with two home runs, a double, a single and six RBI. He has 19 strikeouts in his last two starts.
Sophomore starter Dan Pfau is undefeated for the Colonials with a perfect 9-0 record at GW. This year, Pfau has pitched seven times with five starts earning three victories one each over CSU, UMBC and ODU. Pfau needs just five more wins to be on the top 10 list and has the highest winning percentage all-time and is joined on that list by senior captain Dennis Gramolini who is tied for second at 5-1 (.833).
Lighting Up Lefties:
GW has a better winning percentage .714 against left-handed starters than right handed starters against whom they are winning .550. The Colonials who have three left-handed starting pitchers of their own are 5-2 versus lefties and 11-9 against right-handers which is a .214 difference in winning percentage.
Junior Ryan Roberson is an offensive force for GW and leads the team with eight homers, 39 hits, 70 total bases and six stolen bases. He has batted over .380 the last two years and was one of the top RBI producers in the nation last season. In 2004, Roberson was 14th in the country by generating 1.28 RBI per game. He was also 78th in the nation with a .383 batting average and is better than .350 in his career.
From Rags To Riches:
Junior Anthony Raglani has generated a great deal of scouting interest this season and was ranked 97th in this year's draft class by Baseball America due largely to an outstanding summer in the Cape Code League. He was recognized by the conference when he was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for a two weeks span to start the month of March. He hit two homers on March 9 against UMBC and again on March 13 against CSU. He leads GW with a .458 on base percentage, 31 runs and 22 walks.
Junior Brad Rosenblat is fourth on the team with 69 putouts despite playing right field. The agile outfielder had an unassisted double play at Towson earlier this year. The unlikely double play occurred against Towson in a game where he recorded an amazing nine putouts in a single game.
Fertitta Runs Up RBI List:
Senior Jeff Fertitta is currently tied for ninth on GW's all-time RBI list with 125 in his career. Fertitta is also approaching the top 10 list in home runs where he needs three and walks where he needs seven, doubles where he needs 15 and total bases where he needs 42. This year the senior has played four different defensive positions: catcher, first base, second base and third base while also pinch hitting.
Milsom Matches Mark:
Junior Geoff Milsom matched his doubles mark of last season in just 10 games this year. He hit his fourth double of the season in just 10 games whereas it took him all of last season to reach the mark last year. It took him 21 games two match last year's home run mark and is batting better than .300 in 2004.
The Colonials are a perfect 8-0 when wearing their gold jerseys since they got the uniforms last year.
GW Batting Records (Updated On 4/1/04)
Career batting average:
5. .393 (105-267) Tom Shanley (2003-), he hit .398 (74-186) in 2003.
Runs Batted In:
T9. Jeff Fertitta has 125 RBI and is 10th all-time at GW as a senior (he had 112 after 2003).
Ryan Roberson needs nine to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 109 (he had 84 after 2003).
Anthony Raglani needs 17 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 101 (he had 77 after 2003).
T10. Ryan Roberson has 22 home runs and is tied for 10th all-time as a junior (he had 13 after 2003).
Jeff Fertitta needs three to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 19 (he had 18 after 2003).
Joe Michalski needs five to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 17 (he had 17 after 2003).
Anthony Raglani needs six to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 16 (he had 11 after 2003).
Anthony Raglani needs 35 more to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 110 (he had 79 after 2003).
Anthony Raglani needs three to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 38 (he had 32 after 2003).
Ryan Roberson needs 13 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 30 (he had 24 after 2003).
Jeff Fertitta needs 14 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 29 (he had 24 after 2003).
Jeff Fertitta needs seven walks to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 83 (he had 72 after 2003).
Anthony Raglani needs 13 walks to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 77 (he had 56 after 2003).
Jeff Fertitta needs 40 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 246 (he had 221 after 2003).
Ryan Roberson needs 44 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 242 (he had 172 after 2003).
Anthony Raglani needs 61 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 225 (he had 176 after 2003).
Dan Sullivan needs 76 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 119 (he had 85 after 2003).
Brad Rosenblat needs three to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has four (he had three after 2003).
Anthony Raglani needs 18 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 23 (he had 18 after 2003).
Ryan Roberson needs 25 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 16 (he had 10 after 2003).
Matt Owens needs 31 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 10 (he had seven after 2003).
Tom Shanley currently has a 10-game hitting streak since returning from a hamstring injury.
Tom Shanley had a 15-game hitting streak to start his collegiate career in 2003.
GW Pitching Records (Updated 4/1/04)
Highest Winning Percentage:
1. 1.000 (9-0) Dan Pfau (2003-)
T2. .833 (5-1)Dennis Gramolini (2000-)
Anthony Smith (4-1) needs a more decisions to be eligible and would tie for second at .833 with a win.
Nick Koken (7-4) needs two more wins without a loss to bring him to .692 and ninth place on the list.
Avi Rasowsky (7-4) needs two more wins without a loss to bring him to .692 and ninth place on the list.
Dan Sullivan (8-5) needs three more wins without a loss to bring him to .688 and a tie for 10th place.
T2. 10 Nick Koken is tied for second all-time at GW as a junior (he had 7 after 2003).
Dan Pfau needs five to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has nine (he had six after 2003).
Dan Sullivan needs eight to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 23 (he had 18 after 2003).
Dennis Gramolini needs three to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 47 (he had 43 after 2003).
Avi Rasowsky needs eight to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 42 (he had 30 after 2003).
Nick Koken needs nine to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 41 (he had 32 after 2003).
Dan Sullivan needs 11 to enter GW's all-time list, he currently has 39 (he had 33 after 2003).