Baseball Loses 3-1 To Massachusetts In Round Two Of The A-10 Tournament
May 16, 2003
NORWICH, CT -- GW scored first against second-seed Massachusetts but could not keep the Minutemen off of the scoreboard taking a 3-1 loss in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Norwich, CT. The Colonials will play again on Friday night at about 9:00 PM against Rhode Island who they defeated 7-2 yesterday. GW and URI are 2-2 in four games against each other this season.
The Colonials scored first to give ace starter Greg Conden a 1-0 lead to work with. Senior Tony Dokoupil hit a single to short leftfield and was moved over to third by sophomore Anthony Raglani's single to left-centerfield. Atlantic 10 RBI leader Ryan Roberson then came to the plate with one out and runners on first and third. The first baseman came through again for the Colonials with a sacrifice fly, his eighth of the season. When Roberson comes up with a runner at third base and fewer than two outs, he is hitting an remarkable .839 (26-31). The sophomore is also 10th in the Nation with 1.33 RBI per game.
Conden got into a jam in the bottom of the first with the bases loaded but worked his way out of trouble with two strikeouts to end the inning. UMass reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and Conden then walked the next two Minutemen to load the bases. Conden again had control problems in the second inning walking the bases loaded after getting to quick outs to start the inning. Umass freshman Frank Carreri then launched a ball over GW's centerfielder for a three-run triple, his second of the season. This would be the game defining play as both teams went scoreless the rest of the way.
Conden had 10 strikeouts through seven full innings. He also threw 129 pitches before being pulled in the top of the eight after walking his eighth batter to leadoff the inning. Conden allowed only six hits and three earned runs all coming on Carreri's two-out triple. Conden is the Colonials winningest pitcher with 35 career victories. He has the most starts all-time at GW with 62 and is just two starts shy of the NCAA Top 10 list. He also has 286 career strikeouts in his four-year career with the Colonials.
UMass shortstop Mike Athas made an amazing play on a groundball up the middle by A-10 average leader Tom Shanley in the second inning. The ball was hit almost directly over second base and the shortstop dove into the hole and then flipped over to make an on-target throw while still sitting to get Shanley by a step. GW came back with a web gem of their own when senior All-Conference First Team member Travis Crowder went airborne to rob Cullan Maumus of a run-scoring single to end the sixth inning on a lineout.
Dennis Gramolini came in to relieve his teammate and roomate with a runner on first in the eighth inning and no outs. Gramolini retired the next three Minutemen striking out one.
The Colonials got a hit from their first six batters but could not muster more than two hits in a single inning. GW was not able to advance a runner past second base after Dokoupil scored in the first inning.
This was the first meeting of the season between GW and UMass. The Minutemen now lead the all-time series 12-9. With Xavier upsetting No. 14 Richmond earlier in the day, UMass will now play Xavier on Saturday in the final game of the winners bracket while the Colonials play Rhode Island for the second time in two days. Game time for Friday's final game is scheduled for 8:50 PM at Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, CT.