Baseball's Notches Two Wins Against Iona
March 16, 2002
Washington, D.C. - The Colonials combined solid pitching and strong defense to sweep both games against the Iona College Gaels this afternoon, March 16, at Barcroft Park. The final score of the first game was 6-0, while the second game ended 7-2. The Colonials are now 10-8 overall on the season, while the Gaels fell to 6-7. GW and Iona were scheduled to play only one game today, however,due to weather predictions for Sunday, the coaches decided to play a 7 inning, followed by a 9 inning in lieu of a Sunday game.
In game one, junior right-hander Greg Condon (Owego, NY/Owego), pitched all seven innings. He faced 24 batters, allowed no runs, five hits, and struck out five. Condon is now 4-0 on the season. He has faced 116 batters in all and has allowed only 9 runs off of 25 hits in his six appearances. His ERA is 1.93.
Colonials sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) scored the first run of the game in the
bottom of the second with his second home run for the season. GW scored the rest of their runs in the
bottom of the third, With junior Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) on second after hitting a double
to center field, senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) singled to left field and Wald advanced to
third. Senior Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/A.I. DuPont) sacrificed a hit, notching an RBI when Crowder
moved to third and Wald crossed home. Senior Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/ Parkland) hit his eighth
double for the season and also received an RBI for bringing Crowder home. Senior Mike Bassett
(Paramus, NJ/ Paramus) also gained an RBI when he singled to right field, allowing Krimmel to score. The
final two runs of the inning were scored with a home run to left field by junior Chris Barry (Orchard Park,
NY/Canisius). Barry picked up two RBI's while marking his second home run for the season.
In game two, sophomore right-hander David Rodriguez (Valley Stream, NY/Long Island Lutheran) started his second game of the season and notched his first win. He pitched six innings, with one run off of two hits, eight strike outs and no walks. He has now appeared in four games, with 11.1 innings, is 1-0 and has an ERA of 1.59.
Iona pulled ahead in the top of the second with a home run by senior David Mendez. GW did not respond until the bottom of the fifth when they took the lead 3-1. They then added four more in the bottom of the seventh. Iona tried to come back in the top of the eighth with a home run by senior DJ Price, but only managed to score one run, making the score 7-2.
With freshman Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD.Mt. Hebron) on first in the fifth inning after he singled to the shortstop, Brown hit a double to center field. Wald brought both home with a home run to left field, his third home run this season. In the bottom of the seventh graduate student Nick Iovacchini (Asheville, NC/Asheville) advanced to second on a wild pitch after he singled to center field. Michalski then singled to right field and Iovacchini ran to second. Iovacchini scored when Brown singled to right field, notching an RBI. With Brown on first and Michalski on second, Crowder hit an RBI double to center field, bringing Michalski home. Brown and Crowder then scored when Bassett reached first on an error by second baseman Chris Lombardo.
GW will travel to Delaware on Tuesday, March 19 for a 3:00 pm game. The following day, Wednesday, March 20, they will play Towson for the second game in their tri-series at 2:30 p.m. at Barcroft Park. GW beat Towson 22-6 on Friday, March 8 at Barcroft Park.