Conden, Walter reach milestones in win

Senior Greg Conden pitched through strep throat Saturday to record his 30th career win, tying the GW record for career victories. Head Coach Tom Walter also recorded his 200th career win in the GW baseball team’s 3-2 victory over Sacred Hart University in Newport News, Va. Friday and Sunday’s scheduled games were both canceled due to inclement weather.

Conden threw a complete game to tie Hank Bunnell’s 32-year-old GW record. The senior struggled early in the game but settled down and did not allow a baserunner after the fourth inning.

“We didn’t play very well but we still won and that’s always a sign of a good team,” Walter said. “We didn’t swing the bats well but our defense and pitching really picked us up.”

After Sacred Heart (0-1) tied the game in the third inning with a run on two singles and a stolen base, GW (3-1) pushed across the final run of the game in the bottom of the third.

Senior Chris Barry led off with a walk and then stole second. A balk sent Barry to third and he scored on a single by junior Jeff Fertitta. Barry has five steals this year in as many attempts. He moved into ninth on GW’s all-time list with 41 steals for his career.

GW’s pitching and defense then took over as Conden allowed only four hitters on base the rest of the way, with only one advancing past second.

Conden struck out seven and walked none to improve his season record to 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA.

“Greg didn’t throw well early on,” Walter said. “But after the fourth inning, he mowed them down. I’m real pleased with his performance.”

GW had fallen behind early in the first inning after Sacred Heart scored on a sacrifice fly but jumped on the board in the second inning with two runs from sophomore Ryan Roberson and senior Tony Dokoupil. Dokoupil followed Roberson, stealing second and scoring on a base hit up the middle.

GW is scheduled to play JMU Tuesday but the game is dependent on the weather. Walter said his team hopes to play one more game before facing No. 1 Georgia Tech University in Atlanta next weekend.

Walter added he does not plan to change the team’s approach in preparing for the Georgia Tech series.

“We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing. They’re coming off a trip to the College World Series and have every position player and pitcher back,” Walter said. “We will have to play exceptionally well just to compete but we certainly can go down there and win. We’re excited about the trip.”

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