NORRISTOWN, Pa. (03/24/01) - George Washington (12-8, 2-0 A-10) swept St. Josph's (5-11-1, 0-2 A-10) in a doubleheader to open the Atlantic 10 Conference schedule, 6-4 and 12-1. The sweep snapped the Hawks five-game unbeaten streak. The teams conclude a three-game series on Sunday at noon. Tim Gunn went 4-6 in the two games for the Hawks. The Crimson and Gray nearly squeaked out the victory in game one of the twinbill. SJU rallied for four runs in the third inning off of 2000 A-10 Pitcher of the Year Greg Conden, but the Colonials plated four runs of their own in the top of the sixth to eak out the win. Trailing 2-0, SJU erupted in the third. With one out, the Hawks strung together a single by Tom Gibson and double by Rich Caloiero and a single by Eric Wyatt to plate a pair of runs. A stolen base by Wyatt a walk to Justin Godusky and an erant pick-off attempt at second base put runners at second and third. Kevin Kirkby then smacked a double to put SJU in front 4-2. SJU held that lead until the sixth inning, when G.W. scored four times on an assortment of bloops and check-swings to regain the lead 6-4. The big inning chased Hawk starter Jim Boylan (2-4), who pitched very well, from the game. Boylan hurled 5.1 innings allowing 5 runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out 1. The Hawks threatened in the home half of the sixth, advancing runners to second and third with two out on a single by Gunn and a double by Pace Bradshaw. Chris Worth, however, relieved Conden and got Gibson to foul out to first base to end the threat. Bryan Beggs closed it out for G.W. in the seventh to earn his fourth save. In game two, the SJU attack failed to get on track against G.W. starter Glen Skutnik. The Hawks collected 7 hits, but only pieced together a rally in the fifth inning to score their lone run. Eric Vardijan (1-2) pitched pretty well for the Hawks, tossing 4.2 innings. The SJU defense committed an uncharacteristic 3 errors. The teams wrap up the three-game series on Sunday. Nextweekend the Crimson and Gray travel to Massachusetts to face the Minutemen in A-10 action.
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