Baseball Outscores La Salle Twice
April 21, 2002
PHILADELPHIA, PA - GW swept an A-10 doubleheader Saturday from the La Salle University Explorers, 9-3 and 11-3. The Colonials managed early leads to win both games. GW improves to 26-13 overall and 12-2 in the A-10, while the Explorers are now 8-29 for the season and 0-14 in the conference.
In the first game, the Colonials scored four runs in the top of the first, the first two on a two-RBI double to right field by senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus). Bassett scored on a blast over the center field wall by junior tri-captain Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius). The Explorers responded with a run in the bottom of the third. John Snyder, who had doubled to left, scored on a ground out to second by Eric Ross for the RBI. GW then tacked on two more runs for a 6-1 lead. Graduate student Nick Iovacchini (Asheville, NC/Asheville) singled to left field to score freshman Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD/James H. Blake), who had doubled to left. Junior Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) batted next and stroked a single to bring Iovacchini home. The Colonials increased the lead even more in the top of the fifth with three runs, two of them unearned. With the score 9-1, La Salle managed to score two more unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh for the final 9-3 margin. Junior righthander Greg Conden (Owego, NY/Owego Free Academy) earned his eighth win of the season after he pitched six innings and allowed one run on three hits.
GW scored four quick runs in the top of the first of the second game of the day. Senior tri-captain Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) singled to center field to score Wald. Krimmel then made it home when Bassett slammed his eleventh homer of the season to left field. Freshman Anthony Raglani (Indiana, PA/Indiana) followed three batters later with an RBI single to center. The Colonials added four more in the top of the second for an 8-0 lead. Senior Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/A.I.DuPont) and Wald scored on a single to center field by Bassett. Barry then hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Krimmel. Bassett scored the fourth run on a bases-loaded walk of freshman Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron). The Explorers managed to respond in the bottom of the second, scoring three runs on two hits. Ryan Parfitt scored two on a triple to center field. Parfitt then scored on a balk. GW notched an unearned run in the top of the third, while La Salle added two more in the bottom of the inning. The score remained 9-5 until the Colonials added on two more unearned runs, one in the top of the fifth, the other in the top of the seventh. Senior righthander Jason Baker (Accokeek, MD/DeMatha) pitched six innings for fourth win, allowing four earned runs on seven hits.
The Colonials complete the series with a single nine-inning game against La Salle Sunday at noon.