Fabulous Fourth For Baseball Helps Trample Terps 11-3 In DeLand, Florida
Feb. 16, 2003
DeLAND, FLORIDA -- The GW Colonials completed the Stetson Invitational Tournament with an 11-3 victory over Maryland. GW split two 11-inning games in previous nights and needed only nine frames to defeat Maryland at Melching Field today, improving to a 2-1 record on the season. Senior pitcher Greg Conden got the nod for a Colonials' record 48th time surpassing pitching coach Dennis Healy (GW '96). With the victory, Conden now only needs one more win to match the mark of 30 wins set by GW great Hank Bunnell who played from 1968 until 1971.
Conden was aided in his performance by great run support when the Colonials combined for eight consecutive hits, leading to eight runs, in the top of the fourth inning. Conden coasted from there striking out six over his five innings of work in which he gave up only one earned run and scattered five hits.
Freshman Paul Garner relieved Conden and also knocked a double to deep center field in his first collegiate at bat after switching to right field after two innings of work on the bump. Dan Pfau pitched the eighth holding the Terps to one hit and striking out two. Pfau had earned the win versus No. 18 Stetson just two nights earlier. Nick Koken, who earned the save versus Stetson, put the finishing touches on GW's Florida series giving up only one run to Maryland in the ninth despite loading the bases on three straight walks to start the final inning.
Senior captain Chris Barry ignited the Colonials offensive strike with his leadoff single in the fourth. Eight straight Colonials got hits breaking open what had been a 1-1 deadlock. Barry has shown his speed early this year, making an impressive and effective transition from second base to center field and stealing three bases on three attempts to start the year.
GW is still looking to tighten up its infield after committing nine errors over the first three games. This early-season fielding folly is explained by limited time on Barcroft this spring due to an especially cold and snowy winter. Weather willing, the Colonials will resume their season with games against James Madison and then Sacred Heart who come to town for GW's first homestand of the year this weekend. Look for updates on the status of these games on the web.