Baseball Overtakes Towson in Final Three Innings to Win,14-8
April 24, 2002
TOWSON, MD - Senior rightfielder Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/Paramus) went six-for-six and drove in four runs as George Washington came from behind to win its 10th game in a row, a 14-8 victory over Towson at Schuerholz Park on Wednesday afternoon. The victory marked the Colonials' 17th win in their last 18 games while Towson has lost nine of its ten games. The Colonials improve to 29-13, while the Tigers are now 16-22-1.
The Colonials, who had to rally from an early 7-2 deficit, used a 19-hit attack to post their comeback win. George Washington hit four home runs in the game, including two by Bassett.
After hitting singles in the first inning and the third inning, Bassett hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to cut the Colonials' deficit to 7-4. With GW trailing by 8-5, he led off the seventh inning with a solo home run, making the lead 8-6. In the decisive eighth inning, he singled in the middle of the Colonials' six-run rally that put them ahead, 13-8. In the ninth inning, he drove in the final run of the game with a bloop double to left field that drove in a run. Bassett now has 13 home runs and 55 runs batted in this season.
The Colonials largest run producing inning came in the eighth. With the Tigers leading by one, GW took the lead for good with six runs. After a leadoff walk of senior Nick Iovacchini (Asheville, NC/Asheville), junior Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) singled. Moments later, senior third baseman Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) hit a three-run homer to give the Colonials a 10-8 lead. Bassett and junior second baseman Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) followed with back-to-back singles. Sophomore catcher Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola) then hit a three-run homer to give the Colonials a 13-8 lead. It was his eighth home run of the season. Fertitta had two hits while driving four runs.
The Tigers had built their 7-2 lead on the strength of a grand slam home run by sophomore catcher Brian Kearney in the second inning. It was the first homer of his college career. In the third inning, senior Gregg Davies hit a solo home run, while senior third baseman Scott Bacon added a two-run double.
Senior righthander Chris Worth (North Arlington, NJ/North Arlington) picked up the win in relief for the Colonials, pitching three innings and allowing one run.
The Colonials will host a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series with Richmond at Barcroft Park this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 27, and a single game to complete the series on Sunday, April 28. Games will start at noon on both days.