UMass Downs George Washington 3-1
May 16, 2003
NORWICH, Conn. - Junior righthanded pitcher Eric Chown (Fall River, Mass.) threw a six-hit complete game, to lead the University of Massachusetts baseball team to a 3-1 victory over George Washington in Game Five of the 2003 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, held at Dodd Memorial Stadium. Chown struck out six, while allowing only one run and two walks in the first nine-inning complete game of his collegiate career. He improves to 7-3 on the season, after needing only 104 pitches to record the victory.
"Eric Chown really set the tone for our team today," said UMass head coach Mike Stone. "He had all of his pitches working, and just battled all day. We are playing hard and scrappy, and to get this win today was real big for us."
The Minutemen now stand 25-17 overall this year, and advance to face Xavier (25-24-2) at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 17, in the winner's bracket. The winner of the UMass-Xavier game will advance to next weekend's Atlantic 10 Championship Final Series, to take place from May 22-24 on the campus of the highest remaining seed.
Freshman outfielder Frank Curreri (Weymouth, Mass.) supplied the majority of the offense for the Minutemen, going two for two with a triple, three runs batted in and two walks.
The Minutemen scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, senior designated hitter Chris Morgan (Cranston, R.I.), senior first baseman Jeff Altieri (Whitinsville, Mass.) and junior third baseman Matt Reynolds (South Boston, Mass.) drew three straight walks to load the bases. Curreri then followed with a bases-clearing triple to deep center field.
George Washington scored its lone run in the top of the first inning when designated hitter Tony Dokoupil singled, moved to third on a single by outfielder Anthony Raglani, and scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Ryan Roberson. But Chown allowed the Colonials only six base runners for the remainder of the game, with only one man making it to second base. The Minuteman defense helped the cause by turning three double plays, while junior shortstop Mike Athas (Holyoke, Mass.) added a spectacular diving play to retire Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Tom Shanley in the top of the third inning.
Righthanded pitcher Greg Conden took the loss for the Colonials, to fall to 7-6 on the season. Conden allowed three runs on six hits in eight-plus innings, while striking out 10 and walking eight. George Washington (36-17) will now face Rhode Island (26-25) tonight in an elimination game.
Massachusetts 3, George Washington 1 R H E George Washington (36-17) 100 000 000 - 1 6 1 Massachusetts (25-17) 003 000 000 - 3 6 0 GW: Greg Conden, Dennis Gramolini (9) and Jeff Fertitta. UM: Eric Chown and Tom Ellerbrook. 2B: Matt Reynolds (UM). 3B: Frank Curreri (UM). HR: None. Win: Eric Chown (7-3). Loss: Greg Conden (7-6). Save: None.