Baseball Breezes Past Howard, 17-6
April 3, 2002
ARLINGTON, VA - The Colonials sailed past the Howard University Bison, 17-6, Wednesday afternoon at Barcroft Park. GW scored 10 of its 17 runs on five homers in a game marked by gusty winds. GW improves to 16-12 overall (4-2 A-10), while the Bison are now 3-23 (2-2 MEAC).
Senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus) hit two home runs, both to right field. His first homer was a grand slam in the bottom of the first to bring home senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn), junior Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park), who had singled to left field, and junior tri-captain Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius), who walked to load the bases. Bassett's second home run led off the bottom of the third and was his fifth homer of the season. He now has hit 48 round-trippers in his career at GW.
Two Colonials hit the first home runs of their collegiate career. Freshman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD/James H. Blake) homered to left field in the bottom of the second to bring home Barry, on base after singling to right field. Crowder hit his home run in the bottom of the fifth, scoring sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) and freshman Bill Powell (Dallas, TX/Dallas Greenhill), on base after hitting an RBI single to left field. Dokoupil followed with a blast over the left field wall for the final margin.
The Bison scored two runs in the first and fifth innings. The first runs of the game were scored on a two-RBI single to center field by Dean Durand. Durand brought home Keith Sneed, who had doubled to right field, and Byron Espinales. In the top of the fifth, Durand drove in Damian Ellison. Charles Maclin then stroked an RBI double to right center field to score Espinales.
Junior righthander Glen Skutnik (Lorton, VA/Hayfield) earned his first win of the season after pitching five innings and allowing six runs on seven hits.
The Colonials will host a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series with Fordham at Barcroft Park this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 6, and a single game to complete the series on Sunday, April 7. Games will start at noon on both days.