Baseball Battles No. 16 Florida Atlantic Before Losing 7-5
Feb. 22, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - The Colonials took a lead in the top of the fifth inning against No. 16 Florida Atlantic before losing 7-5 for FAU's 10th straight win. GW (0-3) battled generating five runs off of nine hits in the final game of their series in Florida. The Colonials will host Georgetown on Tuesday at Barcroft Park for their home opener.
The Colonials scored in the fourth inning off of three consecutive singles to start the inning. In the fifth, GW got on the board again courtesy of two consecutive FAU errors and a double by Jeff Fertitta. Each GW score was, however, answered by FAU who scored once in the seventh and twice in the eight to pull ahead.
The Owls Craig Hughes came out of the bullpen and shut down the George Washington bats in the fifth inning as the junior picked up his second victory of the season in relief. Entering in the fifth inning for starter Mike Crotta, Hughes struck out two and did not allow a run. When he entered the contest FAU was trailing 4-2 as the Colonials took their first lead of the series off of Crotta. GW posted three unearned runs on the board in the fifth as an error, a sacrifice fly and a Jeff Fertitta double plated the runs.
FAU came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth as Derek Hutton, Evan Brannon and Jeff Fiorentino all reached on hits. Fiorentino added to his RBI count with a double down the right field line. Rob Horst would tie the game with a sacrifice hit to right field. Tim Mascia (Wellington, FL) would give FAU a lead as he drew a walk with the bases loaded in the seventh. The rally would end as the Colonials turned a double play at home and first base to end the threat.
George Washington threatened in the ninth as Saxton gave up his first earned run of the season. The senior issued a lead-off walk before two singles allowed Mickey Shupin to cross the plate. The game would end as Ryan Roberson struck out looking for Saxton's second save of the year.