Baseball Pounds Towson, 22-6
March 8, 2002
Washington, D.C. - In their season home opener, the George Washington Colonials beat the Towson University Tigers, 22-6. GW scored a season high 22 runs on 22 hits this afternoon at Barcroft Park. With the win, GW improved to 5-7 on the season, while Towson fell to 4-2-1.
In the team effort, senior tri-captain Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/ Parkland) accumulated 4 RBI's and hit 3 doubles, going 3 of 5 for the game. Fellow senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/Paramus) also helped to lead the way going two for four, both home runs, and also collecting four RBIs, all in the seventh inning. The first was a homer to centerfield at the start of the bottom. The second was to right field and brought two batters home. Krimmel and Bassett had plenty of help, as senior Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/A.I. DuPont), junior Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) and freshman Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron) each had multiple RBI's for the Colonials.
The Colonials jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the end of the third inning. Towson started a comeback in the fourth scoring two runs when Mike Costello hit a home run to right-center, bringing home Gregg Davies who had singled and then stolen second. Davies and Costello each went two for four, while Costello notched three RBI's. The Colonials punished the Tigers in the bottom of the fourth, kicking it off with a homer to left field by Wald. Towson changed pitchers from right-hander John Caslin (0-1) to left-hander Brock Shaffer hoping to slow GW down. Right away Brown double to left center, bringing senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) home, while notching an RBI. Brown's hit was followed by a double by Krimmel and singles by Michalski and Wald before right-hander Luke Thomas was sent in to pitch for Shaffer. Crowder then hit a single, followed with another by Brown, and then a double by Krimmel. The inning ended with ten runs and eight hits.
While Towson scored three in the sixth and one in the seventh, they were never able to catch-up to GW. The Colonials made it even more difficult in the seventh when they scored eight runs on eight hits. Besides Bassett's two home runs, junior tri-captain Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) doubled and singled, freshman Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) and Wald each singled, and both freshman Nick Koken (Basking Ridge, NJ/Immaculata) and Krimmel doubled during the inning. Senior Jason Baker (Accokeek, MD/ DeMatha) earns the win. He pitched six innings and is now 1-3 with a 6.48 ERA for the season.
The Colonials will continue to play at home this weekend, going up against the University of Hartford in a tri-series. Saturday's doubleheader will start at 12:00 p.m. with Colonial junior Greg Conden (Owego, NY/Owego), 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA, taking the mound, followed by senior Mike O'Connor (Ellicott City, MD/Ellicott), 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA, in game two.