Baseball Gets By Dayton in A-10 Tournament Opener, 8-2
May 16, 2002
NORWICH, CT - The Colonials breezed by the Dayton Flyers, 8-2, in their Verizon Atlantic 10 Tournament opening game Thursday afternoon at Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, CT. The third-seeded Colonials exploded with eight runs and 12 hits to down the six-seeded Flyers. GW advances to play second-seeded St. Bonaventure Friday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m., following the Temple-Richmond game at 12:30 p.m. Dayton falls to the losers bracket to play Xavier who lost earlier Thursday afternoon to Temple.
George Washington got on the board early, plating two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) opened the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by junior Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams). Senior Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) was hit by a pitch before senior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/Paramus) singled to right, scoring Crowder. Sophomore Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola Blakefield) then singled to bring in Krimmel and give the Colonials a 2-0 lead. Dayton scored in the top of the third as Zach Fox started the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Fox then stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Aaron Reesh's single to cut the George Washington lead in half. In the bottom of the third Wald blasted his 11th home run of the season to score GW's third run. With the score 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, George Washington exploded for four runs to put the game out of reach. With one out, Crowder drove in freshman Joe Michalski (Ellicott City, MD/Mt. Hebron) with a single up the middle. Then with the bases loaded, Krimmel singled, driving in Crowder and senior Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/DuPont), who had singled to right center field. Dayton left fielder Tom Beechem tried to nail Wald, who reached on a hit by pitch, at third but his throw sailed wild, allowing Wald to score and giving the Colonials a 7-1 lead. The Flyers managed to add one more in the top of the sixth on a single up the middle by Rory Thornton to score Andy Boehmer. In the bottom of the eighth, GW scored again on a ground out by Krimmel to drive in Crowder for the final margin.
Crowder was the hitting star for George Washington, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Wald was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Fertitta and Brown were both 2-for-4, while Krimmel drove in three runs by going 1-for-3. Reesh, Boehmer, and Shawn Bolinger each had a pair of hits for the Flyers.
Junior Greg Conden (Owego, NY/Owego Free Academy) earned the win to improve to 11-2 on the year. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs on nine hits while striking out four. With his win, Conden broke Mike Howell's 10 win 23 year old GW season record for victories. Dayton starter Mike Kerins dropped to 8-4.