Baseball Takes Doubleheader From Hofstra
Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2001) - GW returned to the friendly confines of Barcroft Park on Saturday, March 17, and won both games of a doubleheader against the Hofstra Pride. The Colonials took the first game 6-5 and the second game 7-1.
In the first game, GW jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Junior Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/ Parkland) singled and senior Dan Rouhier (McLean, VA/ St. Albans) followed with a triple. Rouhier scored when a Hofstra attempt to throw him out at third ended up in left field.
The Colonials added to their lead in the third. After second baseman Nick Iovacchini (Asheville, NC/ Asheville) ledoff with a single, sophomore Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/ Severna Park) hit his first home run of the year to extend the lead to 4-0. GW added another run in the inning on an RBI groundout by third baseman Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/ Canisius).
After Hofstra cut the lead to 5-3 with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth, GW scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 6-3. Rouhier doubled to left and later scored on a Hofstra throwing error.
In the top of the seventh, senior Bryan Beggs (Somerset, PA/ Somerset Area) came on to close out the game. Beggs got the leadoff man out, but then gave up two straight singles to put runners at first and second with one out. Hofstras Eric Creaney then doubled to cut the lead to 6-4 and put runners at second and third. Shortstop Joe Farley reached on a fielders choice after Creaney was thrown out at third by Iovacchini. With the lead down to one and a runner on first, Adam Russ doubled down the left field line. Rouhier went deep in the corner to pick up the ball and relayed it into shortstop Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/ T.C. Williams), Wald turned and fired home to try and cut down a hard charging Farley. When Farley saw he was going to be thrown out at the plate, he put on the breaks enabling the Colonials to get him in a rundown and he was eventually tagged out by Barry.
In game two, the Colonials jumped out to another early lead. In the bottom of the second the Colonials scored two runs courtesy of a Hofstra error and an RBI groundout by Wald.
The Colonials added another run in the fourth before blowing the game open with four in the sixth. Rouhier ledoff with a single to left and junior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus) followed with a double to left center to put runners at second and third. Senior Ross Smirne (Fleetville, PA/ Lackawanna Trail) knocked in Rouhier and Bassett with a single to center to make it 5-0. After Smirne advanced to second, Iovacchini singled to right to make it 6-0. The Colonials would tack on another run later in the inning on a beautiful bunt single by redshirt sophomore Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/ Osbourn).
The seven runs were more than enough for GW starter Glen Skutnik (Lorton, VA/
Hayfield). Skutnik pitched a complete game seven innings, scattering six hits
while striking out eight and walking three to improve to 2-0 on the season.