Baseball On Losing End Of Another Close Fight This Time With UTSA, 5-3
Feb. 27, 2004
SAN ANTONIO - The Colonials had had home runs from Jeff Fertitta and Bill Simpson but were plagued by costly errors in a 5-3 loss to UTSA. Fertitta, who went 3-3, hit his first homer of the year in the fourth while Simpson added his third in as many games, a two-out, two-run shot in the sixth. The Colonials have yet to win on the road dropping to 1-5 this season.
Aaron Rodriguez (1-0) recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts for the Roadrunners Friday night en route to a 5-3 UTSA win over George Washington in non-conference baseball action at Wolff Stadium.
Despite being out-hit 9-7 by the Colonials, the Runners were able to capitalize on three GW errors to post five runs.
Ryan Crew made it all the way around the bases when a failed pick off attempt at first allowed him to advance to third and an errant throw by the second baseman allowed him to score in the first. UTSA added to the 1-0 lead with two more in the bottom of the third with J. R. Voyles leading off the frame with a single and stealing second base followed by Michael McKennon walking. A wild pitch put both runners in scoring position and another pitch in the dirt brought Voyles home. McKennon made it home when Chris Lewis, who reached on a catcher's interference, drew a throw and was caught stealing.
The Colonials made it 3-1 in their half of the fourth when Jeff Fertitta, who finished 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, homered for GW. The Runners responded with one of their own in the fourth on a leadoff triple from Aric Green and sacrifice fly by Dustin Perez. GW threatened again in the sixth when Bill Simpson's two-out, two-run home run cut the UTSA lead to 4-3, but Rodriguez struck out Michael Parker with a runner on to end the scoring. UTSA's insurance run came in the seventh on a two-out, bases-loaded walk by GW relief pitcher Avi Rasowsky, plating Crew.
Blake Brannon pitched two innings of relief for to preserve the Runners 5-3 win, giving up a hit and walk and striking out two to earn his first career save.
Colonials' pitcher Dan Sullivan went six innings allowing four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out six in the losing effort.
The teams will battle again tomorrow in the second game of the three-game set at 2 p.m. at Wolff Stadium.
NON-CONFERENCE BASEBALL George Washington 3, UTSA 5 GW 000 102 000 - 3 9 3 UTSA 102 100 10x- 5 7 0
Rodriguez, Brannon (8) and Etheredge; Sullivan, Rasowsky (7) and Fertitta. W - Rodriguez (1-0). L-Sullivan (0-2). S - Brannon (1). HR - George Washington: Fertitta (1), Simpson (3). Records: George Washington 4-4, UTSA 5-3.