Baseball Splits With Saint Joseph's
March 23, 2002
Washington, D.C. - In the first doubleheader of conference play for both teams this season, George Washington split with Saint Joseph's University at Barcroft Park this afternoon. The Hawks took the first game 6-3, with the Colonials coming back in the second game 5-3. The split moved GW's record to 11-10 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic 10, while the Hawks are now 2-16-1 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic 10.
In the second game, GW took an early 3-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first and two runs scored in the third. In the third, Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/ Osbourn) bunted to reach first. He was followed by Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/ Canisius), who singled to left field. Crowder then scored on a balk, while Barry advanced to second. Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus) got Barry home on an RBI single to right field.
The Hawks bounced back in the top of the fourth with two runs, the first on a homer by Jason Godusky, his sixth of the season. The second run was scored by John Kokol, who had made it to first on a single to right field, and then advanced to third on a double by Kevin Dougher. He scored his run when Michael Walls hit an RBI double to right field.
With the score 3-2 after three and a half innings, the Colonials scored again. Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/A.I. DuPont) was walked, stole second and then scored when Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) hit an RBI double to left field. The Hawks then cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth when Walls scored on an RBI double to centerfield by Jason Wolfer. The Colonials responded with one more run as Crowder hit an RBI single to right field bringing home Wald.
GW's David Rodriguez (Valley Stream, NY/Long Island Lutheran) (2-0, 2.76 ERA) notched his second win of the season, pitching five innings, in which he allowed three runs on nine hits, while striking out four. Mike O'Connor (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. St. Joseph's) was given the game save for his two innings pitched, in which he only allowed two hits and fanned four.
Starting pitcher for the Colonials in the first game was Greg Conden (Owego, NY/Owego Free Academy) (4-1, 2.43 ERA). He pitched 4.1 innings, allowed three earned runs on six hits and struck out one. Hawks starting pitcher Erik Holman (1-3) picked up his first win of the season. He allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out four. Holman pitched nearly a complete game, going 6.2 innings of a 7 inning ball game.
The Colonials were behind, 3-1, by the bottom of in the fourth inning, their first run having been scored in the bottom of the first when Bassett doubled to right field bringing home Crowder. With no runners on base in the fourth, Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) hit his third home run of the season. Saint Joseph's responded with two more runs in the top of the fifth, scored on a RBI home run by Michael Walls that brought home Kevin Douger. This marked the second homer of the ball game for the Hawks, the first having been hit in the third inning by Douger. The Colonials managed one more run in the sixth, when Barry scored after having reached first on a passed ball and then advancing to third on a single to centerfield by Fertitta.
The two teams complete their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at noon at Barcroft Park.