Baseball Wins Series Finale at Massachusetts, 13-9
Eight Runs in Seventh Frame Help Colonials Overtake Minutemen
March 30, 2002
AMHERST, MA - George Washington completed their weekend series against the University of Massachusetts Minutemen at Earl Lorden Field on Saturday afternoon with a 13-9 win. With the Colonials down by two entering the top of the seventh, GW scored eight runs. UMass retaliated, but could not regain the lead. GW improved to 14-12 overall and 4-2 in the conference, while the Minutemen fall to 7-12 on the season, 1-5 in the Atlantic 10.
With UMass leading 6-4 in the seventh inning, George Washington scored eight times on five hits and four walks off three Minuteman pitchers. The Colonials loaded the bases against UMass starter Eric Chown with Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron), who was walked, Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/A.I. DuPont), who hit a single through left field and Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn), who reached on a fielder's choice. Reliever Matt Boulanger then faced Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) and Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland), who put together back-to-back doubles to score four runs in all. Earlier in the game, Wald hit his fifth homer of the season. Boulanger then walked the next two batters he faced, Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/Paramus) and Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield). UMass sent in reliever Brian Hourigan to try to stop the Colonials, but Hourigan allowed one to score on a wild pitch and then walked Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park). Two more runs were added when Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) hit a single to right center. The eighth run of the inning was scored when Brown hit an RBI single to center field.
The Minutemen had chances to get back into the game as they scored a run in the seventh and two in the eighth, but George Washington reliever Justin Orenduff (Chesapeake, VA/Western Branch) forced UMass hitters to strand five runners, including four in scoring position in those two innings. Orenduff notched his fifth win of the season, pitching 3.2 innings. He allowed three runs on six hits and struck out six batters. This season, Orenduff has appeared in nine games and has an ERA of 1.35.
The Colonials return to action on Tuesday, April 2, when the Delaware Blue Hens visit to play at Barcroft Park at 3:00 p.m.