Baseball Earns Local Bragging Rights Over Georgetown, 7-1
April 16, 2002
ARLINGTON, V.A. - The Colonials breezed past the Georgetown University Hoyas, 7-1, at GW's inaugural "Jackie Robinson Day" Tuesday afternoon at Barcroft Park. GW scored five of its 7 runs on four homers in a game dedicated to the legacy of Jackie Robinson, who on April 15,1947 broke baseball's color barrier when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. GW improves to 24-13 overall (10-2 A-10), while the Hoyas are now 7-35 (2-15 Big East).
The Colonials scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second when junior tri-captain Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) slammed a home run over the left field fence. GW then added another run in the bottom of the third on a homer to left by junior Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) to lead 2-0. The score did not change until the bottom of the sixth when graduate student Nick Iovacchini (Asheville, NC/Asheville) bunted down the left line to score Barry, who had stroked a single to center field. The Colonials hit two more home runs in the bottom of the seventh. Senior tri-captain Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) blasted his seventh of the year over the right-center field wall. Three batters later sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) hit a two-run homer to right to bring home senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus), who had singled. After fighting to respond to GW's lead, the Hoyas scored a run on a round-tripper to center field by Bill Quinn. With GW leading 6-1, the Colonials notched on one more in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI double by freshman Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) to score fellow-freshman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD/James H. Blake), who had singled..
Freshman lefthander Dan Sullivan (Stony Point, NY/North Rockland) earned his second win of the season after pitching five innings and allowing only five hits.
To tribute Jackie Robinson, Professor Richard Zamoff, an authority on the life of Jackie Robinson and his impact on baseball and American society, threw out the first pitch and presented senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) with GW's inaugural Jackie Robinson award. This award will be given annually to the player who most exemplifies the following qualities: spirit, team work, leadership, and perseverance in the face of great adversity.
The Colonials will travel to Philadelphia, PA this weekend for a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series with La Salle. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 20, and a single game to complete the series on Sunday, April 21. Games will start at noon on both days.