Baseball Goes 1-2 for the Weekend, Beating Purdue Sunday
March 4, 2002
Lancaster, C.A. - George Washington came out of the dugout on Sunday ready to fight the Purdue Boilermakers for a win and finished on top. On the last day of the Cal State Northridge Tournament, GW beat Purdue 5-4.
GW spread out their runs throughout the last six innings, while Purdue scored 3 of their 4 in the first. After a first Purdue run by Daniel Underwood, GW right-handed pitcher, junior Greg Conden, struck out one, while another Boilermaker flied out to right field. With two outs the Boilermakers managed two more hits and two runs before Conden forced the third out with another strike out. With the exception of a run the Boilermakers were able to notch in the fifth, GW's pitching and defense worked hard to minimize Purdue's time at bat. From the second inning on, the Colonials only allowed Purdue two more hits.
The Colonials picked up their momentum at bat in the third inning with a single by freshman leftfielder Anthony Raglani and another by senior centerfielder Tony Brown. Two were left on base at the end of the inning, but GW came out to connect in the fourth. With senior third baseman Matt Krimmel on first, senior rightfielder Mike Bassett singled. Krimmel later got caught stealing third, while Bassett moved to second base. Freshman designated hitter, Ryan Roberson, doubled and notched an RBI, getting Bassett to make it across home plate.
The biggest run producing inning came in the sixth. With Bassett on base after a double, Roberson registered an RBI with his double, again getting Bassett home. Raglani then doubled, the third in the inning, getting his first of two RBIs for the game when Roberson made it across the plate. Another hit was made that inning by freshman catcher Joe Michalski, but the next run was not scored until the next inning.
In the seventh, Krimmel scored an unearned run after both he and Bassett singled. A passed ball gave Krimmel the opportunity to advance to third. He then scored on a wild pitch.
GW scored it final run in the ninth inning. Bassett got on base with a single. Sophomore first baseman, Jeff Fertitta, also singled, advancing Bassett to second. Raglani then managed another single, as well as another RBI when Bassett crossed home plate.
Bassett and freshman pitcher, Justin Orenduff, were named to the Clash of the Conferences All-Tournament Team. Bassett played all three games, went six of twelve from the field, scored three runs, one single, two doubles, and one walk. Orenduff pitched in Sunday's game against Purdue for three innings, allowing no hits.
GW will kick off their home games this weekend at Barcroft Park, first playing Towson on Friday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m.and then Hartford on Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 p.m.