Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Things That Make You Go…

(Andrew Shurtleff/


Well as we like to say around here, it’s all a matter of perspective. (And everybody has one!)

From Virginia’s point of view and from the Associated Press, it goes like this:

Virginia’s Will Roberts tossed the first perfect game in school history, striking out 10 in the Cavaliers’ 2-0 victory over George Washington on Tuesday.

The junior right-hander from Richmond needed 98 pitches in the eighth NCAA Division I nine-inning perfect game since 1957. Roberts (5-0) recorded 27 straight outs to complete the 19th perfect game of any length in Division I, and the first since Auburn’s Eric Brandon in 2002.

Roberts also joined Maryland’s Dick Reitz (1959) as the only pitchers to throw perfect games in Atlantic Coast Conference history.

The victory was the 2,000th overall for Virginia (25-2), ranked No. 1 in some national polls.

Tom Gately (2-3) took the loss for George Washington (7-18).

George Washington, on the other hand, saw things completely differently:

(Andrew Shurtleff/
The George Washington baseball team held No. 1 Virginia to just two runs on Tuesday evening at Davenport Field, but were unable to compliment the strong pitching performance at the plate, falling 2-0.

GW (7-18) pitchers Tommy Gately, Kenny O’Brien and Craig Lejeune combined to hold Virginia (25-2) to just two runs on six hits. The top-ranked Cavaliers entered the game batting .297 as a team and averaging over seven runs per contest.

Gately got the start for GW and pitched three innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs with one strikeout. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the third by inducing two pop outs.

Three paragraphs later, the GW press decided it was time to at least mention Robert’s historic accomplishment.

The two runs were all the Cavaliers would need as starting pitcher Will Roberts was perfect on the mound, striking out 10 batters en route to the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I (since 1957) history and the first since 2002.

Extra credit to that journalism student for the subtle downplay.

Nice, George Washington, NICE!

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