GW's O'Connor closing college play

Riedy, with 91 goals, gets Player of Year honors

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May 23, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

George Washington closer Mike O'Connor, a senior who played at Mount St. Joseph High School, is itching to face top-seeded Richmond in a best-of-three Atlantic 10 baseball championship series that will determine the league's representative in the NCAA tournament.

"Except for a couple guys, they're not that great a hitting team," said O'Connor. "They mostly win with pitching, and we came close to winning all three regular-season games."

O'Connor, a lefty, picked up the one victory over Richmond (48-8) for the Colonials (40-20) in the regular season. He came on in relief in the eighth inning and gained a 4-2 win.

"That was my biggest moment this year," he said, even though he has nine saves, a 2.32 earned run average, a 3-2 record, and 63 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings.

O'Connor's out pitch is his slider, which he mixes with a 91-mph fastball and a changeup. He started for two years at GW before becoming the team's No. 2 closer last season and the top closer this season.

Third-seeded GW is looking for its first trip to the NCAA tournament in 10 years. The finals are scheduled for today through Saturday in Richmond.

Another Baltimorean, sophomore first baseman Jeff Fertitta (Loyola), contributed a run-scoring single in the eighth inning last Sunday as the Colonials defeated second-seeded St. Bonaventure, 5-4, to reach the finals. Fertitta has 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and a .323 batting average.

Freshman catcher Joe Michalski (Mount Hebron) is hitting .319, with six home runs and 28 RBIs for GW. Junior outfielder Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park) has four home runs, 28 RBIs and a .267 average.

Richmond is led at the plate by sophomore shortstop David Reaver, who is hitting .408 with 48 RBIs and 25 doubles. Reaver is a Union Bridge native who went to Linganore High in Frederick County.

Junior Richmond right-handed pitcher Andy Givens (C. Milton Wright) has a 3-0 record as a starter/reliever, with a 1.47 ERA in 12 appearances.

Riedy decorated

Senior midfielder Erin Riedy (McDonogh) finished her lacrosse career at Randolph-Macon in style this spring, being chosen the Player of the Year in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and being named to the International Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-South Atlantic Region first-team.

Riedy's teammate, senior midfielder Angela Bisland (St. Mary's), also made the first team. Riedy had 91 goals and eight assists for 99 points, second on the team behind Bisland's 109 points.

Junior midfielder Mandy Dougherty (Garrison Forest) was third in scoring, with 34 goals and 22 assists.

Also contributing to the Yellow Jackets' 12-5 season and Sweet 16 Division III run were junior midfielder Rachel Baron (Glenelg Country School), junior defender Meghan Ayers (North Harford), junior attacker Allison Picarde (St. Mary's), and freshman midfielder Lindsey Bowers (Severn).

Et cetera

Lebanon Valley freshman Crystal Gibson (Randallstown) has qualified in the high jump for the NCAA Division III women's track and field championships. She raised her school record by four inches, clearing 5 feet 8. ... Sophomore Page Heath (C. Milton Wright) was chosen the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year for scoring 51 goals and getting 24 assists in 14 games for the Shippensburg lacrosse team. ... Senior Swarthmore midfielder Blake Atkins (Gilman) wound up his lacrosse career as the school's 10th all-time scorer (70 goals, 51 assists for 121 points). Atkins was named to the South squad for the USILA/STX North-South game June 8 at Johns Hopkins. ... Franklin & Marshall sophomore outfielder Jen Fried (Franklin) was named to the All-Centennial Conference softball first team. She had a batting average of .381, on-base percentage of .431 and slugging percentage of .457. ... Shippensburg's Sarah Costa (Atholton) was a second-team softball pick as a catcher/utility player on the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division. She hit .318, with 15 doubles and seven home runs. ... Freshman Molly Walker (Glenelg Country School) was seventh in scoring (16 goals, 47 assists for 63 points) in Middle Atlantic Conference lacrosse play for Elizabethtown College.

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