Baseball Finishes Off Hartford, 19-8
March 10, 2002
Washington, D.C. - George Washington's offense continued to work together to gather up runs as they finished their series against the University of Hartford Hawks at Barcroft Park. The game was neck-and-neck the first three and a half innings, when the Colonials pulled ahead, taking the lead by three, each inning adding more, until the game ended 19-8. This marks the fifth win in a row for GW, improving their record to 8-7 overall. The Hawks fell to 0-5 for the season.
Senior pitcher Chris Worth (North Arlington, NJ/North Arlington) started off the game on the right foot, striking out four Hawks in a row. He allowed six runs off of seven hits, collected eight strikeouts, and walked two. Worth was followed by teammate, and game winning pitcher, freshman Dan Sullivan (Stony Point, NY/North Rockland). Sullivan pitched for three innings, allowing one run off of three hits and notching two strikeouts. He is now 1-0 on the season, with an ERA of 3.00.
Many Colonials contributed to the offense, including three with home runs. The first was made by sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) in the third inning. He notched three RBI's, also bringing home junior Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius), who reached first on an error by Ryan Cuscovitch, and senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus), who had singled to right field. Fertitta hit five of his six at bats and scored three runs.
The second homer was by senior Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/ Parkland) in the bottom of the fourth with the score tied at six. His hit brought home junior Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park), who had walked and Fertitta, who had singled to first base. Krimmel's play gave him three RBI's for the game and brought the score to 9-6.
The final homerun, a grand slam by senior Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/A.I. DuPont) to centerfield, brought the lead to 18-8. The highest scoring inning began with senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) hitting a single to left field. Junior Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) then singled to right field and Crowder advanced to second. Nick Iovacchini (Asheville, NC/Asheville) was then hit by a pitch, his second in the game. With Crowder on third, Wald on second, and Iovacchini on first, Brown hit a homer, raking in four runs and notching four RBI's.
Hartford also notched three homeruns by Cuscovitch, Keith Mirante, and Cory Parker. Their largest score producing inning was in the second when Cuscovitch and Mirante each homered, Mirante bringing Matt Denorfia home.
The Colonials return to action on Thursday, March 14, when Maryland Baltimore County visits Barcroft Park at 2:30 p.m.