Baseball Wins Eighth Straight, 15-2 Over La Salle, Behind Greg Conden's 34th Career Victory
April 26, 2003
ARLINGTON, VA -- The Colonials won their eighth straight game with a 15-2 victory over conference rival La Salle at Barcroft Park. Greg Conden was perfect through five innings retiring the first 16 Explorers he faced in order. Conden (6-3) earned his George Washington leading 34th victory by pitching his 11th complete game. Fellow senior Travis Crowder provided ample offense with a grand slam home run in the sixth inning of a three-for-four day hitting.
GW improved to 12-1 at home behind their senior ace who had a no-hitter going through five innings. He finished the game allowing two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out six. He leads GW pitchers with 67 strikeouts this year and has 260 in his career. Conden has established himself in GW's record books and now is the all-time leader in wins (34) games started (58). He also broke into the Top 10 with his 11th complete game and he has 260 strikeouts over his four-year career.
GW scored in double digits for the 15th time this year going 15-0 when they get at least 10 runs in a game. GW scored four in the first inning sending every Colonial to the plate. Crowder led off the game with the 25th double of his career and Anthony Raglani scored two runs on a single to left field. The Colonials also batted around in the third, scoring five times in the inning. Tom Shanley's double in the fifth inning scored both Crowder and freshman Matt Owens. Crowder added four more runs when he hit a grand slam home run to right field in the sixth for his fifth of the season.
Matt Owens who went 4-5 in GW's last game hit two doubles today and scored three times. He is batting .636 with herculean slugging percentage of 1.455 with three doubles and two homers in the last three games.
Tom Shanley, who started the week with the 32nd best batting average in the Nation went three-for-three with three RBI. After the second game of the double header he has a .411 batting average. The freshman also made a spectacular diving catch at shortstop which saved a run in the sixth inning and resulted in a sweet double play.
Travis Crowder hit a grand slam home run, and a double, scoring four times and knocking in four runs. Crowder is running up the all-time leaders list in several catagories at GW. After the second game of the day, Crowder had the following accomplishments: fourth in runs with 177, fifth in stolen bases with 60, eighth in hits with 198, and eighth in walks with 193. additionally, the senior only needs four more games and 35 at bats to break into the Top 10 in those two catagories.
Senior Chris Barry is also in the hunt of several GW career lists. He picked up two stolen bases and now has 46 in his career. He is eighth on the all-time list in stolen bases and has been thrown out only once in 11 attempts this season. Barry, who is tied for 10th with 22 home runs, needs only six runs, 15 total bases, and 16 RBI to break into the Colonials' Top 10.