"Our 2-0 and 3-1 hitting was horrendous. Those are hitter's counts and we're swinging at those pitches and we're popping the ball straight up in the air. We tell the kids if it's 2-0, 3-1 and you're swinging, you ought to be able to crush it. You ought to be able to get base hits on those pitches, and we're not. We're taking the bat out of our own hands.''
On defense, the Patriots did a good job of thwarting most of Bridgeport's forays - again via the fly ball on what proved to be a sunny, windy day. GW outfielders caught 11 fly balls behind starter Tanner Sorrells and left-handed reliever John Thomas, who worked five innings after Sorrells developed a tired arm.
"A good job by our lefty on the mound,'' Campbell said. "That kept us in the game. We were right there but, really, we were never in position to get that run to tie the game. We never got a man to third base with one out or less. We were never in a squeeze situation or a bunt situation.
"It's just the same stuff we've got to get corrected, and we've got two weeks to do it. They've got to do what they're told to do and the runs will come.''
Clayton Anderson had two of GW's five hits. For Bridgeport, Troy Anderson went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Logan Zirkle was 2 for 3 with a double.
The three-game event was billed as the Jody Clay Memorial Classic in honor of the mother of former GW player Derek May. Clay died of brain cancer in May of 2011.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.