Colonials Lose To Xavier 4-2 In First Atlantic 10 Game In Three Weeks
Freshman Matt Owens Hits His First Collegiate Home Run Generating Both Of The Colonials' Runs
April 12, 2003
CINCINNATI - The Colonials held a lead into the sixth inning before losing 4-2 to Atlantic 10 rival Xavier at Hayden Field in the first game of a doubleheader. Senior ace Greg Conden (4-2) a pitcher's duel to Xavier's Adam Jahnsen (3-1). GW freshman Matt Owens hit his first home run generating both of the Colonials runs.
The Atlantic 10 loss drops the Colonials to a 1-3 conference record while still holding an impressive 19-9 mark overall. Xavier who is ahead of GW in the A-10 is 3-4 in the conference and 12-15-2 overall.
Conden, a 2002 second team All-Atlantic 10 pick, got the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking none for George Washington. After starting the year 4-1 Conden has not recorded a win since March 13th against Delaware. The Colonials ace has only had a few starts in the last month due to inclement weather. He is GW's winningest pitcher of all-time with 32 victories.
Xavier's Jahnsen threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed just two runs on two hits while fanning seven and being credited with one walk. An Atlantic 10 All-Tournament selection in 2002, Jahnsen improved to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in three Atlantic 10 starts.
The visting Colonials got on the board with two runs in the second inning off a towering home run by Matt Owens to right field. This was the freshman's first home run in his collegiate career. He has now appeared in 17 games starting six mostly as the designated hitter. He is batting .286 with 11 runs and five RBI. Two of his eight hits have been doubles and he has a .464 slugging percentage. He has used his speed to go 2-2 in stolen bases.
In the bottom of the second inning Xavier answered with a shot of its own when freshman Nick Stavrakis hit his first collegiate home run to left centerfield to cut the GW lead to 2-1.
The Colonials could only muster two hits during the seven-inning game but Conden was also successful in keeping the Musketeers off of the board through the first five innings. In the bottom of the sixth, however, the Musketeers scored three runs on four hits to take a 4-2 lead. Junior Alec Moss would begin the inning with a single through the right side. Moss advanced to second on a single by Mark Andres. Then with two outs and runners on first and second, sophomore shortstop Brett Smith singled to centerfield to drive in Moss tie the score at 2-2. Then with junior Eric Armstrong at bat, Andres scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch. Armstrong would add an insurance run with an RBI single to centerfield that scored Smith to give XU a two-run lead entering the final inning.
Jahnsen began the seventh by retiring the first two batters. Then on his third pitch to Jeff Fertitta, Jahnsen would be forced to leave the game with a leg injury and be replaced by senior Jarret Sues.
Sues walked Fertitta before getting Owens to ground out to second base, preserving the win and earning Sues his second save of the season.