Baseball's Solid Effort Earns Sweep of Hartford
March 9, 2002
WASHINGTON, D.C. - GW combined solid pitching and a balanced offensive attack to sweep both games of a doubleheader against the University of Harford Hawks this afternoon, March 9, at Barcroft Park. The final score of the first game was 8-1, while the second game ended 9-2. The Colonials improved to 7-7 overall on the season, while the Hawks fell to 0-5.
In game one, junior starter Greg Condon (Owego, NY/Owego), a right-hander, turned in a solid effort to lead the way. Condon pitched a complete game seven innings allowing one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out four. Condon is now 3-0 on the season.
Junior Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) led the offense by going two for three with one RBI, including a single in the first inning, and another in the third when he led off GW's largest run producing inning. Dokoupil advanced to second on an error by Hawks second baseman Ryan Waldron when junior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus) made it to first on a fielder's choice. Junior Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) singled to rightfield and then advanced to second on a throw, bringing Dokoupil home and picking up an RBI. Bassett and Barry made it home when sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) singled to centerfield. The inning had three runs, three hits, one error, and one left on base.
Dokoupil notched his RBI with a sacrifice fly to centerfield in the bottom of the fourth to bring junior Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) home. First to bat, Wald had walked, later to advance to third on a double by senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn). Doukoupil then hit, advancing Crowder to third. Crowder made it home, with an RBI earned by Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/ Parkland). The inning had two runs and one hit, bring the ball game to 7-1. The final run was scored by Nick Iovacchini (Asheville, NC/Asheville) in the bottom of the sixth.
The Hawks scored one run in the first inning. Waldron was on third after hitting a single to leftfield, stealing second, and advancing to third when teammate Ron Acabbo grounded out. Miguel Marichal singled to rightfield bringing Waldron home and picking up an RBI.
In a rainy game two, relief pitcher freshman Justin Orenduff (Chesapeake, VA/Western Branch) picked up the win, bringing his record to 3-0. He relieved senior Mike O'Connor (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. St. Joe's) with the score tied at two and pitched 2 innings allowing no runs and only one hit while striking out three.
The Colonials pulled ahead by one in the fifth to make the score 3-2. They added six more in the bottom of the sixth. With Iovacchini on first, freshman Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD.Mt. Hebron) homered, notching two RBI's. Dokoupil brought senior Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/A.I. DuPont) home with a double to leftfield, followed by another double by Krimmel to rightfield to bring Crowder and Dokoupil home. Later, Iovacchini reached first on a fielder's choice, which allowed Krimmel to score.
GW continues their series against the University of Hartford on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at Barcorft Park. The Colonials starting pitcher will be senior Chris Worth (North Arlington, NJ/Noth Arlington) (0-2, 7.36 ERA).