Baseball Wins Series Finale Against UNC Greensboro, 5-2
Feb. 18, 2002
GREENSBORO, N.C. - George Washington senior starting pitcher Greg Conden limited UNCG to just two runs, only one earned, in six innings as the Colonials avoided a series sweep with the 5-2 victory over the Spartans from a blistery UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Conden, who was making his second start of the season, was in total control. The right-hander held the Spartans (3-1) hitless through the first three innings and gave up just five hits in six innings. Conden struckout five, but also walked four.
Ryan Gordon, who was making his first pitching appearance since May 11, 2000, showed some definite signs of rust. The 2000 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year was charged for three runs, all earned, and five hits in just 1.1 innings of work against the aggressive Colonials (2-2).
In fact, so aggressive that George Washington could have grabbed a much larger lead through the first two innings. After Gordon retired the first two Colonial batters in the top of the first, Jeff Fertitta doubled and scored on an RBI single from Mike Bassett. Gordon did prevent any further damage when Chris Barry struckout to end the inning.
George Washington did score three runs in the top of the second. After three straight Colonial batters reached base, including a single and RBI double, Ryan Roberson was thrown out trying to steal third. After another single, with runners on first and second with just one out, another George Washington runner was thrown out trying to steal third. Travis Crowder followed with an RBI double down the line and advanced to third on an error, while Tony Dokupil closed the scoring in the second with a RBI double.
Despite the four-run deficit, UNCG was still within reach. The Spartans finally got to Conden in the fourth. After Justin Saltalamacchia led off the inning with a ground out, Craig Whalen was hit by a pitch and Nick Lockhart singled. With the single, Lockhart extended his hit streak to 14 games. Jesse Martin grounded into a possible inning ending double play, but third basemen Matt Krimmell threw the ball away after forcing Whalen out at third. With runners on second and third after Martin stole second, Mike McClain came threw with his first career hit for UNCG to score Lockhart and Martin.
George Washington tallied another run in the fifth, but were then held at bay by the Spartans bullpen. Michael Gulledge, who picked up his first career victory last night, tossed 3.1 innings and was charged with two runs, but also struck out five. After Jonathan Nichols tossed 0.1 of an inning, Chris Cloninger completely shut down George Washington over the final four innings. Cloninger struck out four, walked none and gave up just one hit in 4.0 innings.
The Spartans did amount a rally in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch hitter Justin Lee led off the inning with a walk abd David Adams followed with another walk. Colonials reliever Mike O'Connor, who was nearly unhittable his first two innings, seemed rattled when a snow storm quickly rolled into the park. The lefthander managed to find his control after the leadoff walks and a wild pitch. O'Connor struck out Ryan Galligan, retired Kirk Strebin and whiffed Gordon to close out the game.
Crowder, Bassett and Krimmel each had multiple hits for the Colonials. Crowder went 3-for-4, while Bassett was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Krimmel was 2-3 with an RBI.
GW will play Tuesday afternoon at James Madison Unviersity. First-pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.