Baseball Loses Slugfest To Maryland, 11-9
Washington, D.C. (March 28) - The Colonials nearly overcame an eight run deficit in the final two innings, but they fell just short, losing 11-9 March 28 at Barcroft Park. With the loss GW falls to 14-10 on the season and 2-1 in the Atlantic 10.
The Colonials led 3-2 going into the seventh inning, courtesy of a solo home run by sophomore Chris Barry (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) in the second and RBI singles by junior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/Paramus) and senior Ross Smirne (Fleetville, PA/ Lackawanna Trail) in the third.
In the seventh, GW starter Chris Worth (North Arlington, NJ/ N. Arlington) loaded the bases with no outs. Junior Mike OConnor (Ellicott City, MD/ Mt. St. Joes) came on to relieve Worth and struck out the first batter he faced. Marylands Matt Swope followed with a single to left field to give the Terps a 4-3 lead. After OConnor struck out the next batter, he hit centerfielder Daryl Whitmer with a pitch to reload the bases. Steve Oursler followed with a sinking line drive to right that a diving Mike Bassett partially knocked down. By the time second baseman Chris Barry chased the ball down in medium right field all three baserunners had scored and Oursler was able to advance to second, giving the Terrapins a 7-3 lead.
The Terrapins added four more runs in the eighth to take a commanding 11-3 lead, but the Colonials would not go away. GW answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning on a two run single by designated hitter Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/ Osbourn) and a sacrifice fly by third baseman Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/Parkland) to cut the lead to 11-6.
In the bottom of the ninth, centerfielder Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/ A.I. DuPont) came through with a bases loaded single up the middle to score two runs and cut the lead to 11-8. After Crowder struck out, leftfielder Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/ Severna Park) singled to left allowing sophomore Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/ T.C. Williams) to score and Brown to advance to third. Krimmel followed with a walk to load the bases with two outs and bring Bassett to the plate, but Marylands Brad Lyons was able to strike Bassett out to end the threat
The Colonials return to Atlantic 10 play this weekend as they face the Dukes
of Duquesne in a three game series. The weekend starts off with a
doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Barcroft Park. Junior
Jason Baker (Accokeek, MD/ DeMatha), 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA, will start the
first game for GW and sophomore Glen Skutnik (Lorton, VA/ Hayfield), 3-0 with
a 1.99 ERA, will get the start in game 2.