Baseball Sweeps St. Joe's
Washington, D.C. (March 24, 2001) - A four run sixth inning rally in game one and a complete game seven innings by starter Glenn Skutnik (Lorton, VA/ Hayfield) in game two helped lead GW to a doubleheader sweep of host St. Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 openers for both schools on Saturday, March 24, at Elmwood Park. The Colonials won game one 6-4 and game two 12-1.
In game one, GW got on the board with a single run in both the first and third innings to take a 2-0 lead. In the first, junior Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/ Parkland) had an RBI groundout to give the Colonials a 1-0 lead. In the third, sophomore Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/ Severna Park) singled home sophomore Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/ T.C. Williams) to extend the lead to 2-0.
In the bottom of the third St. Joe's rallied for four runs off of GW starter Greg Conden (Owego, NY/ Owego Free Academy) to take a 4-2 lead. St. Joseph's second baseman Kevin Kirkby had the big hit of the inning with a two run double that broke a 2-2 tie. Other than the one rocky inning, Conden pitched well. He pitched five and two thirds innings giving up the four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out three.
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the sixth, the Colonials staged a rally to take the lead. Senior Dan Rouhier (McLean, VA/ St. Alban's) singled to leadoff the inning and junior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus) followed with a base hit to left to put runners on first and second with no outs. Senior Ross Smirne (Fleetville, PA/ Lackawanna Trail) followed with a single of his own, which scored Rouhier and cut the Hawks lead to 4-3. After an error by Kirkby allowed Bassett to score to tie the game at 4, Wald hit a two run single to put GW ahead to stay, 6-4.
In game two, Skutnik pitched his second complete game in a row to help lead the Colonials to the 12-1 win. Skutnik scattered seven hits, walked one and struck out four in his seven innings.
The offense scored 11 of the 12 runs over the final four innings to blow a close game open. Redshirt senior Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/ A.I. DuPont) had three RBI's including a two on a double in the fourth and Krimmel went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in the sixth to lead the offensive explosion.
The teams wrap up the three-game series on Sunday beginning a 12:00 p.m. Jason Baker (Accokeek, MD/ DeMatha) will get the start for the Colonials, while the Hawks will counter with Eric Wyatt.
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