Baseballs Solid Effort Earns Sweep of Duquesne
Washington, D.C. (March 31, 2001) - GW combined solid starting pitching and a balanced offensive attack to sweep both games of a doubleheader, 6-2, 6-2, from Atlantic 10 rival, Duquesne, this afternoon, March 31 at Barcroft Park. The Colonials improved to 16-10 overall on the season and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10.
In game one, starter Jason Baker (Accokeek, MD/ DeMatha) turned in another solid effort to lead the way. Baker pitched a complete game seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out two. Baker improved to 4-1 on the season.
Redshirt senior Tony Brown (Hockessin, DE/ A.I. DuPont) led the offense by going two for three with three RBIs. Brown gave the Colonials a 3-0 lead in the second when his single scored seniors Ross Smirne (Fleetville, PA/ Lackawanna Trail) and Nick Iovacchini (Asheville, NC/ Asheville).
GW added three more runs in the third to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Iovacchini hit a sacrifice fly to right to score junior Matt Krimmel (Schnecksville, PA/ Parkland) with the first run of the inning. An error by the Dukes Dan Schwartzbauer allowed another run to score and Brown had an RBI single later in the inning to make it 6-0.
The Dukes scored two runs in the fifth to make it 6-2, but they would get no further as Baker was able to shut them down in the last two innings to get the win.
In game two, starter Glen Skutnik (Lorton, VA/ Hayfield) pitched six and a third innings allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five to lead the Colonials.
GW got on the board in the third with three runs. Sophomore Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/ Severna Park) was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning and Iovacchini followed with a walk. After an error by Duquesne allowed Dokoupil to score, junior Mike Bassett (Paramus, NJ/ Paramus) singled home Iovacchini to give GW a 2-0 lead. Freshman Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/ Loyola Blakefield) had an RBI single later in the inning to make it 3-0.
The Colonials added three more in the fourth. Sophomore Jake Wald (Alexandria, VA/ T.C. Williams) and Brown started things off with back-to-back singles. After a Dokoupil sacrifice moved the runners over, Wald scored on a fielders choice. Senior Dan Rouhier (McLean, VA/ St. Albans) had a two-run single to left to knock in his team high 19th and 20th runs of the year to give the Colonials a 6-0 lead.
Skutnik gave up a solo home run in the sixth and seventh before giving way to junior Mike OConnor (Ellicott City, MD/ Mt. St. Joes), who finished things off for the Colonials.
GW and Duquesne return to Barcroft Park tomorrow afternoon at 12:00 p.m. to finish their three-game series. Sophomore Greg Conden (Owego, NY/ Owego Free Academy) will pitch for the Colonials. Conden will be opposed by Duquesnes Jesse Cramer (1-1, 4.56 ERA).