Baseball completes solid March with win over Towson

The GW baseball team defeated host Towson University 3-1 Wednesday to give the Colonials a successful 13-7 record in March.

Senior Matt Walker (A-10 Player of the Week over spring break) led the offense for GW with 23 hits and 19 RBIs over spring break, while freshman Greg Conden won two games and improved his record to 4-0 on the season.

During the break the Colonials (17-13, 1-2 Atlantic 10) lost two of three to rival Virginia Tech to begin conference play, which will continue this weekend when GW hosts St. Bonaventure at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va. A fan bus will take students and faculty to both Saturday’s doubleheader and Sunday’s game. The bus will return when play is finished each day. The bus will leave the Marvin Center both Saturday and Sunday at 11:15 a.m.

GW 3, Towson 1
Wednesday, March 29A two-run ninth inning gave the visiting Colonials a 3-1 victory over Towson at Burdick Field Wednesday.

Juniors Eric Mitchell and Dan Rouhier each knocked in RBI singles in the final inning, and Bryan Beggs pitched two perfect innings in relief of Mike O’Connor to pick up his third win of the year. O’Connor went seven innings, allowing only one run while striking out four.

GW 10, Mt. St. Mary’s 4
Tuesday, March 28

The Colonials scored five runs in the final two innings to soundly defeat host Mount Saint Mary’s College 10-4 Tuesday.

Seniors Matt Walker and Ryan Dacey combined for seven of GW’s 15 hits, and freshman Dennis Gramolini picked up his first collegiate victory. Gramolini replaced starter Ron Christie in the fourth inning after a rain delay and pitched three innings, giving up two runs and striking out three batters.

Freshman Glen Skutnik pitched the final three innings to pick up his first save at GW, giving up only one run.

Virginia Tech 7, GW 6
Sunday, March 26

The Colonials could not overcome a three-run ninth inning deficit last Sunday as the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies defeated GW 7-6.

GW scored two runs in the final inning to narrow the gap from 7-4, but the Colonials were unable to take advantage of a bases-loaded, two-out opportunity when Virginia Tech pitcher Anthony Miller struck out Tony Dokoupil looking to end the game.

GW 7, Virginia Tech 1
Virginia Tech 5, GW 2
Saturday, March 25

GW split a double header with A-10 rival Virginia Tech as the Colonials bounced back from a 5-2 defeat to beat the Hokies 7-1 in the second game.

Greg Conden pitched six solid innings, giving up one unearned run. Mitchell hit a two-run home run for the Colonials. Ahead 2-1, GW’s Mike Bassett and Dacey hit home runs in the third and fifth innings, respectively, to increase the Colonials’ lead.

Virginia Tech’s Kevin Bice hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning and the Hokies scored two more unanswered runs in the seventh to defeat host GW in the first game. The Colonials led 2-1 after a first-inning Matt Krimmel home run and a two-out run in the third, but Tech’s Jason Bush shut down GW after that.

The split games marked GW’s first conference win and loss of the season.

The game against the U.S. Naval Academy scheduled for March 22 was canceled.

Richmond 12, GW 8
Tuesday, March 21

GW’s 10-game winning streak was snapped in a darkness shortened six-inning contest by host Richmond University 12-8.

The Spiders scored four times in the first two innings to jump out to an 8-2 advantage over the visiting Colonials. Walker and Dacey went 4-for-4 at the plate, with both players finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Skutnik struggled on the mound and took the loss giving up nine runs over four innings.

GW 4, Cleveland State 2
Sunday, March 19

The Colonials completed a three-game sweep of visiting Cleveland State University to extend GW’s winning streak to 10 games.

GW’s Adam Belicic shut down the Vikings’ offense as the junior struck out nine and gave up only five hits over eight innings of work. Leadoff hitter Travis Crowder (Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week) singled, stole second and scored the first of two runs for GW in the first inning. The Colonials never trailed in the game.

GW 8, Cleveland State 3
GW 5, Cleveland State 2
Saturday, March 18

The GW baseball team won a double-header against Cleveland State, defeating the visiting Vikings 5-2 in the first game and 8-3 in the second.

Sophomore Mike Bassett singled home two runs for the Colonials in the first inning of the second game to give GW a lead it would hold throughout. Freshman Chris Barry had three hits for the Colonials, who were sparked by Walker and his five hits and seven RBIs.

Conden pitched his second complete game of the year in the first game and improved his record to 3-0 for the season. Conden settled down after giving up two early runs to strike out 13 Vikings. Walker knocked in all five of the Colonials’ runs, including a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 score.

GW 25, C.W. Post 9
Friday, March 17

GW exploded for 15 runs in the eighth inning to demolish visiting C.W. Post/Long Island University 25-9 at Barcroft Park.

Sophomores Mike Bassett and Dan Rouhier hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to give GW the lead after trailing 3-0 early in the game. Seven Colonial batters had three or more hits in the contest, and every GW starter had a hit in the game. GW’s 25 runs were the Colonials’ most since 1995.

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