Baseball's Anthony Smith Wins Conference-Best Fourth A-10 Rookie of the Week Award
May 10, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington baseball's freshman Anthony Smith (Katonah, NY/John Jay) has been named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for a conference-best fourth time. GW has now won seven Rookie of the Week awards in 12 weeks. Smith is also an impressive ninth on the NCAA list with 1.38 RBI per game.
Smith earns his fourth conference citation after batting .500 during the week in addition to having two strong pitching performances. Amazingly, he usually hits best on the same days that he pitches. He proved that this week when he combined for two doubles and a home run while the starting pitcher versus George Mason and Xavier. With this week's win, his record of 6-1 (.857) is tied for second all-time at GW in winning percentage.
Despite being just a freshman, Smith leads the Atlantic 10 Conference with 65 RBI, and a .700 slugging percentage. He is also second in the conference with 13 home runs, sixth with a .369 batting average, seventh with 14 doubles and tied for seventh with 59 hits.
Smith is not only an outstanding hitter but the southpaw is also a key to the Colonials rotation. Smith is tied for second in the conference with six victories, third in innings pitched with 76, eighth in opponents batting average and ninth in strikeouts with 61.
Smith lifted GW over local rival George Mason with a ninth inning home run to break up a 3-3 tie after starting the game as the pitcher. George Mason tied the score at three in the seventh after Smith left his pitching post. The freshman was able to finish with his bat what he was not able to on the mound when he hit a full-count home run to leadoff the ninth. Smith showed his excitement by pumping his fists as he headed for home.
The Colonials are currently on a 12-game winning streak which ties their second best streak in the school's history. With a win at Delaware on Tuesday, they would match their longest ever streak of 13 set in 1998. GW is 36-14 this season overall and in first place in the Atlantic 10 with a school-record 18-3 conference record.