The leadoff spot is not normally reserved for a power hitter. But apparently, Brad Rosenblat never got that message. The senior drove in eight runs in the GW baseball team’s 14-8 win at Towson Tuesday afternoon.
Rosenblat went 3-for-5 on the day, hitting a three-run home run, a two-run double, a two-run single and a sacrifice fly in the victory.
“My teammates were on base every time I came up except when I lead off the game,” Rosenblat said. “Being able to drive in runs makes the game fun.”
“It was unbelievable,” GW head coach Steve Mrowka added. “He’s just clutch and our seven, eight and nine guys (in the order) were on base all the time for him. He’s a good ball player.”
The Colonials (19-11, 3-3 Atlantic 10) have won six of seven and have combined for 49 runs in their past six victories. In Tuesday’s win over Towson (16-14), GW tallied 20 hits.
“We have a lot of good hitters. It was just a matter of time before we got into a groove,” Rosenblat said. “I think we are going to be pretty dominant in conference for the rest of the season.”
The game was up and down for the Colonials and freshman pitcher Brian Frazier. With the scored tied at two in the fifth inning, Frazier gave up a three-run homer. His teammates came back quickly, scoring three runs of their own in the top of the sixth to tie the game at five.
“The wind was blowing out and it’s a real hitter’s park,” Mrowka said. “(Towson is) a good hitting team and when Frazier made mistakes they made him pay.”
The Colonials’ bats eventually got going again, pumping out nine runs in the final three innings to pull away for good. Frazier went seven innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and picking up his fourth win of the season.
Junior Tom Shanley had an impressive day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBI, including his fifth home run of the season. Junior Matt Owens also went 3-for-5 and scored three times.
Hitting in the nine spot, sophomore Mickey Shupin went 2-for-3, scored three times, drove in two and stole two bases.