Baseball Falls to UMBC, 7-4
March 14, 2002
Washington, D.C. - Despite the sunshine and a productive second inning, George Washington could not catch the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers at Barcroft Park this afternoon. Following a scoreless one and a half innings, the Colonials managed to get three home, only to have the Retrievers retaliate with five in the top of the third. GW defense put a stop to UMBC's offense by the top of the sixth, but could not turn the ball game around. The Colonials end their five game winning streak, falling to 8-8 for the season. The Retrievers are now 4-4 overall.
Senior pitcher Jason Baker (Accokeek, MD/ DeMatha) started for the Colonials. He pitched six innings, struck out three, with six earned runs on fourteen hits. Baker was relieved by senior Mike O'Connor (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. St. Joe's) who pitched two innings, allowed no hits or runs, walked one, and notched five strike outs. Sophomore Dennis Gramolini (Wakefield, MA/Reading Memorial) took over for the ninth inning, allowed only one hit and struck one out. Pitching for UMBC was shared by Eric Butkiewicz and Kyle Wildasin. Butkiewicz pitched for five innings, allowed four runs off of eight hits and two walks, while Wildasin pitched for four, with no hits or runs and two walks. GW struck out nine in all, UMBC three.
The Colonials had two run producing innings. In the bottom of the
sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) singled to
field, followed by a single to center field by senior Tony Brown
DE/A.I. DuPont). UMBC pitcher, Butkiewicz, made an error, allowing
to advance to third. Freshman Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana)
loading up the bases with Fertitta remaining on third, Brown moving to
and Raglani on first. Junior Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/Severna
reached first on an error by left fielder Rick Guarno, notching an RBI
Fertitta scored. Junior Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) then
collected an RBI when he hit a sacrifice fly to center field allowing
make it home. With Dokoupil on first and Raglani on third, senior
Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) hit an RBI single with Raglani crossing
plate. The half inning ended with three runs, four hits, two errors,
left on base.
With the score UMBC 0, GW 3, the Retrievers kicked off their five run inning in the top of the third with a homerun by designated hitter Derrick Fritz. He hit three of four for the game, scored twice, and collected two RBI's. Fellow Retriever, third baseman Brad Glascock, also hit well for the game, going four for five at bats. He scored one run and notched one RBI.
The fourth Colonials run was scored in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/ Parkland) hit a triple to center field, his second triple for the season. Fertitta later hit an RBI single to right field, getting Krimmel home.
The Colonials next play a single game on Saturday, March 16, as well as on Sunday, March 17 when IONA visits Barcroft Park at 12:00 p.m. both days.