Baseball Sweeps La Salle
April 22, 2002
PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Colonials completed an A-10 series sweep of the La Salle University Explorers Sunday, 15-8, at DeVincent Field. The Colonials had two five-run innings, one with a grand slam to favor their cause. GW improves to 27-13 overall and 13-2 in the A-10, while the Explorers are now 8-30 for the season and 0-15 in the conference.
The Colonials scored five in the top of the second inning for a lead that would not be matched. After a bases-loaded walk of senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) to score the first run, junior Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) blasted a grand slam over the left field wall. The score remained 5-0 until the top of the fifth when GW added three more, all of which were unearned. Two of the runs were scored on freshman Ryan Roberson's (Silver Spring, MD/James H. Blake) home run to left field. The Explorers responded with five runs to decrease the deficit to three. Phil Marino singled to center field to score Eric Ross and James Kelly, who had doubled to left. Marino later scored on a homer by John Stasny to right field that also drove in Mike Kelly. The Colonials' ninth run was scored on an RBI single by Wald to bring home Crowder in the top of the sixth. Trailing by four, La Salle added three more in the bottom of the sixth on a triple by Matt Nelson and singles by Paul Ferguson and Stasny. The Colonials countered the battling Explorers with another run in the seventh and five more in the eighth. Wald singled to left field to score sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield), who had doubled to right. In the top of the eighth, senior tri-captain Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) scored on a double to left field by junior tri-captain Chris Barry's (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius). Roberson then stroked a single to right field to score senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus). The final three runs were scored on an error, a wild pitch, and a bases-loaded walk. La Salle was unable to catch the Colonials as they pulled ahead to reach the final margin.
Sophomore righthander Dennis Gramolini (Wakefield, MA/Reading Memorial) earned his second win of the season after starting the game and pitching five innings. He allowed five runs on four hits and struck out six batters.
The Colonials will play the Patriots on Tuesday, April 23 on George Mason turf in Fairfax, VA at 3:00 p.m. GW will then visit the Towson Tigers at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at Schuerholz Complex.