The GW baseball team took both games of a doubleheader against Fairfield University Sunday afternoon at a cold and windy Barcroft Park.
Colonial pitching dominated the twinbill. Starters Ari Zagaris and Adam Belicic combined to give up just four hits and one run.
The three-game series with Fairfield (0-2) was moved back a day after rained postponed a scheduled Saturday doubleheader. GW (5-7) will wrap up the series Monday at 1 p.m.
GW 9, Fairfield 0
Ari Zagaris went the distance for the Colonials, giving up just three hits to Fairfield Sunday in GW’s first shutout of the year.
Fairfield mounted few offensive threats in the game and hurt itself with costly errors. The Colonials cruised with fundamental baseball – stolen bases, and solid pitching and hitting.
GW’s offensive surge began in the bottom of the first when Mike Roberts was hit by a pitch. He then stole second base and scored on Ryan Dacey’s two-run homer.
GW continued its attack in the following inning. Leading off the bottom of the second, Dan Rouhier hit a home run over the leftfield fence. Two batters later, catcher Eric Mitchell doubled off the base of the leftfield wall and later scored when Fairfield leftfielder Matt McGoldrick made an error on Tony Brown’s fly ball. Brown eventually stole third and scored on a sacrifice.
With the Colonials leading 5-0 after two, the Stags came up empty in the top of the third after they loaded the bases. Zagaris (1-2) struck out Tom Lopuaznick to end the inning, and the Stags never really mounted another offensive rally.
Joe Beichert went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three runs batted in for the Colonials, while Dacey and Rouhier each had two hits.
GW 14, Fairfield 1
Sophomore Adam Belicic pitched a seven-inning complete game one-hitter, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh to beat Fairfield in the first game of the doubleheader Sunday.
“Adam’s pitching was outstanding,” GW head coach Tom Walter said of Belicic (3-1), who finished with 13 strike-outs. “He was really throwing the ball well and had great velocity. He had plenty of strikes too.”
The no-hitter was broken up by Fairfield’s Lopuaznick. In the top of the seventh inning, the Fairfield outfielder launched a fastball over the centerfield fence. That was Belicic’s only mistake of the game.
The Colonials hit two home runs early. Roberts hit a solo shot in the first and Rouhier hit a homer in the second. By the end of GW’s offensive onslaught in the first two innings, the Colonials led 8-0 and were never in danger of losing the game.
Roberts, Mitchell and Joe Beichert all had three hits for GW, while Rouhier and Chris Matarese chipped in with two hits each.