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)
Saturday - Eric Cantrell, Fr., RHP (3-2, 4.05 ERA)
Sunday - Pat Lehman, Jr., RHP (4-0, 4.54 ERA)
Massachusetts (based on earlier A-10 series this season)
Friday - Mitchell Clegg, Jr., LHP (1-1, 2.13 ERA)
Saturday--Bryan Leigh, So., RHP (1-2, 5.06 ERA)
Sunday - Jared Freni, So., RHP (0-1, 4.97 ERA)