Colonials blast past St. Joe’s, Howard; extend winning streak to 10

The GW baseball team blasted its way past St. Joseph’s and Howard with seven home runs over four games as the Colonials extended their winning streak to 10 games.

The 10 straight victories was GW’s second such streak this season.

Sunday’s series finale against the host Hawks was canceled because inclement weather and will not be rescheduled. Freshman Greg Conden recorded his fifth-straight win, and Mike Bassett nailed his team-leading 12th and 13th home runs of the season over the weekend to lift the Colonials.

GW (24-13, 6-2 Atlantic 10), winners of their last five home games, will host their next five games, beginning with Tuesday’s contest against Towson University. The 1999 Colonials did not win 24 games until May 1, and GW is now two victories away from matching its total win count from last season.

GW 19, St Joseph’s 3
GW 12, St Joseph’s 8
Saturday, April 8

GW crushed host St Joe’s 19-3 in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader behind a 20-hit outburst led by freshman shortstop Jake Wald.

Wald had five hits against the Hawks (11-20, 3-2 A-10), including his second home run of the season and five RBIs for the Colonials, who scored five runs in three different innings.

GW knocked St Joe’s pitcher Ryan Woods out of the game in the first inning and continued the onslaught of the Hawks as the Colonials pounded three home runs and four doubles in the game. Senior Matt Walker had two hits and improved his team-leading batting average to .422. Walker also knocked in four runs. Greg Conden (5-0) pitched his second complete game of the season and remained perfect in his young college career. Conden scattered seven hits and struck out seven in the effort.

In the first game Saturday, Mike Bassett and Dan Rouhier each homered, and the Colonials scored nine runs over the first two innings as GW defeated St Joe’s 12-8 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Freshman Tony Dokoupil went 3-for-4 for GW and stole his team leading 12th base.

The Colonials’ offense knocked out St Joe’s starter Scott Fremont in the second inning and allowed junior Adam Belicic (5-4) to pick up his fifth win of the season. Belicic gave up eight runs and 12 hits and came one out away from a complete game. Freshman Glen Skutnik relieved Belicic and settled down to strike out the final batter of the game after giving up a walk and a hit.

GW 14, Howard 7
Thursday, April 6

Sophomore Matt Krimmel blasted a grand slam to cap a seven-run second inning in Thursday’s 14-7 beating of Howard at Barcroft Park.

Krimmel, Belicic and senior Ryan Hauseman each hit home runs in the game as GW posted its fifth-straight home victory. GW improved its impressive home record to 17-3 on the season. Belicic, Wald and Rouhier scored three runs apiece for the Colonials, and Ron Christie (2-0) pitched five innings to earn his second win of the season.

The visiting Bison (10-29) led 2-0 after the first inning before the Colonials’ offense exploded.

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