Baseball Welcomes Massachusetts for Three-Game Series
Colonials Look to Claim Third Straight A-10 Conference Series
April 3, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington will play host to Massachusetts this weekend in a three-game, Atlantic 10 Conference series, played at Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA. Game one is set to start at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4. Game two is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, with the series finale coming Sunday, at noon.
The Colonials (15-11, 4-2 A-10) are 9-4 in their past 13 games, including a 4-1 mark on their five-game road trip last week. GW enters the weekend series having split a pair of non-conference home games earlier this week. On Tuesday, UMBC pounded out 16 hits as they downed GW, 14-4, handing the Colonials their worst home loss of the season. The following day, GW avenged a loss from earlier in the season with an 11-4 win over cross-town rival Georgetown. The Colonials had 13 hits in the victory, including home runs from Tom Zebroski, Charlie Kruer, Curtis Eward and Tim Reeves. Reeves' homer, a grand slam that blew the game open in the bottom of the eighth inning, extended his hit-streak to 11 games. Redshirt sophomore Justin Dignelli picked up his first collegiate win with 3.1 innings of relief work.
The Minutemen (6-10, 1-5 A-10) are coming off a 16-9 victory over Holy Cross at home on Tuesday. The Crusaders jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but UMass came back to score a season-high 16 runs on a tied-for-season-high 16 hits. Brian Baudinet, Mike Donato, and Adam Tempesta all homered in the game, with Baudinet hitting two bombs.
GW won two of three in both of their first two A-10 series this season. The Colonials opened league-play by hosting Saint Joseph's for three games (Mar. 21-22), which concluded with the first game ever played at National Park, the new home of the Washington Nationals. GW and the Hawks split Friday's doubleheader and then the Colonials won the historic game at MLB's newest park, 9-4. This past weekend, GW went to Richmond and took two of three from the Spiders, winning 15-11 in game one and then 6-5 on Sunday.
UMass was swept at Duquesne in their A-10 opener (Mar. 21-22), as the Dukes outscored the Minutemen, 13-4, in the three games. Xavier visited UMass this past weekend and took two of three. The Minutemen won the opener, 7-1, before the Musketeers swept Sunday's doubleheader, 10-5 and 3-2.
GW and UMass have met a total of 27 times on the field, with UMass leading the series, 14-13. Last season, the Colonials took two of the three games at in Amherst, MA. GW took game one, 9-4, before UMass rebounded in game two, 5-4. The Colonials recovered to win the finale, 6-1. Junior Tim Reeves hit .444 (4-for-9) with two walks and senior Charlie Kruer drove in four runs to pace the GW offense in the three games. Sophomore Faizan Choudhry and junior Pat Lehman both earned wins with seven-inning, one-run starts.
Friday - Chris Neary, Jr., LHP (0-3, 8.89 ERA)
This will be Neary's seventh start this season, and his third in A-10 play. So far, Neary's season has been a tale of two halves. In his first three games, the transfer from Scottsdale Community College allowed 11 earned runs and eight walks over 14.2 innings pitched. However, over his past three starts, Neary has surrendered 17 earned runs and 13 bases-on-balls in 13.2 innings. He is fourth on the team, and tied for eighth in the A-10, with 31 strikeouts.
Saturday - Eric Cantrell, Fr., RHP (3-2, 4.05 ERA)
The freshman will be making his sixth start of the season on Saturday. In his last three starts (2-1), Cantrell has pitched 23 innings and allowed just five earned runs on 13 hits while recording 23 strikeouts and surrendering only two walks. He leads the club with 35 strikeouts and has walked just six batters in 33.1 innings this season.
Sunday - Pat Lehman, Jr., RHP (4-0, 4.54 ERA)
Lehman gets the start in the series finale for the second straight week. At Richmond last Sunday (Mar. 30), Lehman struck out a career-high 10 batters in 7.2 innings to improve his record to a perfect 4-0. This will be the sixth start of the season for Lehman, who has also made five appearances in relief, including working two innings at Lehigh (Mar. 15) to earn his third career save. He leads the Colonials with 39.2 innings pitched and is tied for second with 34 strikeouts.
Massachusetts (based on earlier A-10 series this season)
Friday - Mitchell Clegg, Jr., LHP (1-1, 2.13 ERA)
Clegg is the odds-on favorite for the game one start, having done the same in UMass' first two A-10 series. At Duquesne, Clegg struck out 10 and allowed just two runs in seven innings of work. Last weekend, against Xavier, the junior gave up just one run and scattered seven hits over eight innings for his first win of the season. Clegg is third in the A-10 with a 2.13 ERA.
Saturday--Bryan Leigh, So., RHP (1-2, 5.06 ERA)
Leigh is tied for the team-lead with four starts this year, and is tops with 19 strikeouts. Leigh struggled in his last start, allowing eight runs, four earned, in just 1.2 innings.
Sunday - Jared Freni, So., RHP (0-1, 4.97 ERA)
Freni has made three starts this season, two of which have come in A-10 play. He took the loss in the series finale at Duquesne, allowing three runs and seven walks in five innings of work. Last weekend, against Xavier, he lasted just 3.1 innings, despite only allowing two hits and one run.
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