Travis Crowder, Ryan Roberson And Tom Shanley Earn Atlantic 10 Honors
May 14, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC - Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY/ Pine Plains) was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, the Conference announced at their annual award banquet. Two Colonials were also named to the A-10 First Team All-Conference. Senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) was named the first team second basemen. Sophomore Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD/James Blake) was named the first team designated hitter. Shanley was also named to the All-Conference Second Team as the shortstop.
Shanley had been named A-10 Rookie of the Week on four occasions this year. The Colonials have won seven of 13 Rookie of the Week awards throughout the season and Shanley was tied for the most in that category. Shanley has the 38th best batting average in the Nation, hitting .404 this season. The freshman was tied with his senior teammate Crowder for the league lead in runs with 47. Shanley was also second in the A-10 in hits with 69 and third in the conference with a .485 on base percentage. The Colonials previously won the Rookie of the Year honor in 2000 when the award went to GW ace and 2003 Team MVP Greg Conden. Crowder was the top second baseman in the league this season and now appears in the Top 10 in five career categories. The fifth-year senior is leading the league with 1.07 runs per game and his 47 runs this season is tied with teammate Shanley. Crowder is fourth in on base percentage at .465 and tied for seventh in the conference with 15 stolen bases. Crowder, who has always been known for his speed, has added some pop to his bat with six homers this year. Over his career, Crowder has earned a spot on the following all-time lists: fourth in runs (185), tied for fourth in stolen bases (41), seventh in hits (206), seventh in walks (98), and 10th in games played (196). With 637 at bats, he needs just seven more to break into the Top 10.
Roberson is currently 10th in the country with 1.33 RBI per game and has been on the National leader list for most of the season. He leads the A-10 with 65 runs batted in while playing first and third base as well as serving as the team's designated hitter. Roberson has the third most hits in the conference while batting a sixth-best .368. With 106 total bases he is third in the A-10 and eighth with a .582 slugging percentage. He also has eight home runs this season.
The Colonials will defend their 2002 Atlantic 10 Title this week at the A-10 Tournament in Norwich, CT. George Washington will play Rhode Island on Thursday at 4:00 pm.