Baseball opens at home with a sweep

The GW baseball team took out its frustrations on Le Moyne College (N.Y.) during the weekend as the Colonials completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Dolphins at Barcroft Park.

Pitching was the key to the victories as the Colonials’ (4-6) three starting pitchers combined to give up only one run in 18 innings of work.

Coach Tom Walter was excited with the steps made by his pitching staff over the weekend.

I thought we pitched real well all series, Walter said. All three starters were on their games and closer Bryan Beggs threw better than he has all season.

The sweep marked only the fourth time since 1980 that the Colonials have swept a three-game non-conference series. GW will look to continue its winning streak in California next weekend at the University of the Pacific.

GW 6, Le Moyne 2
Sunday, Feb. 27

Bassett’s second home run of the season broke an early scoreless tie and led the Colonials to Sunday’s 6-2 victory and three-game sweep of visiting Le Moyne.

Sophomore pitcher Chris Worth (1-3) earned his first win of the season, giving up only one run and two hits over five innings. Four Colonial relievers combined to hold the Dolphins to only one run on one hit while striking out seven over the final four innings of play to preserve the win.

GW freshman Tony Dokoupil and senior Matt Walker each had RBI singles in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach. Le Moyne’s only runs came on solo home runs by Casey Saucke and Jack Kennedy.

GW 10, Le Moyne 0
Saturday, Feb. 26

The Colonials scored five times in the first inning, providing more than enough support for freshman Greg Condon.

Condon (2-0) pitched six innings of shut-out ball while striking out eight and only walking one in earning his second win of the season. Beggs pitched a scoreless seventh to seal the win.

The offense was led by Bassett, who went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, including his first home run of the season. Freshman Jake Weld (2 RBIs), Walker and juniors Tony Brown and Adam Belicic each added two hits for the Colonials in the victory.

GW 1, Le Moyne 0
Saturday, Feb. 26

Junior Dan Rouhier broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with his first home run of the season, a solo shot off Le Moyne starter Jaime Steward.

That was all the Colonials needed as Belicic pitched a complete game shutout for his first win of the season. Belicic improved to 1-2 by giving up only two hits and striking out nine in his seven innings of work. The win broke a four-game losing streak for the Colonials.

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