GW Swept by Vermont in Doubleheader
Roberson Homers in Game 1
March 12, 2005
ARLINGTON, VA - George Washington opened its home schedule at Barcroft Park Saturday by dropping a doubleheader to visiting Vermont, 6-4 and 5-4.
Junior Kyle Brault (Milton, VT/Milton) hit two home runs and drove in three to lead the Catamounts (2-0) in the opener. Brault's two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning gave Vermont a 4-3 lead, and his solo blast to lead off the top of the ninth capped the scoring.
The Catamounts committed four errors in the first three innings, allowing George Washington (5-6) to score an unearned run in each of the frames. Vermont got single runs in the third and fourth innings before taking the lead on Brault's first homer, but the Colonials tied the score at 4-4 in the sixth as senior Ryan Roberson (Silver Spring, MD/James H. Blake) hit his second home run of the season. Vermont regained the lead in the eighth as junior Matt Naimoli (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill) scored on a single by sophomore Jim Chapman (Bourne, MA/Kents Hill).
Sophomore Brandon Miles (Berlin, CT/Taft) earned the win in relief for Vermont, while junior Chris Marsh (Bristol, CT/Bristol Eastern) picked up the save. Senior Nate CasaGrande (Bridgewater, NJ/College of New Jersey) took the loss in relief for the Colonials.
In the second game, the Catamounts jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first as sophomore Miguel Magrass (West Roxbury, MA/Salisbury) and junior Andrew Folley (Colchester, VT/Colchester) had run-scoring singles sandwiched around an error. George Washington rallied with two runs in the bottom of the second as senior Brad Rosenblat (New Orleans, LA/Newman) and Roberson led off with back-to-back doubles and Roberson scored on a wild pitch and error.
The Colonials tied the score in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by junior Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA/Fayette County), but Vermont took a 4-3 lead in the fifth as Magrass (3-4, 3 RBI) singled in a run. George Washington again tied the score in the sixth as junior Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY/Pine Plains) singled and scored on a double by freshman Josh Goldberg (Albany, NY/Albany Academy), but the Catamounts scored the winning run as Magrass hit a solo homer in the top of the seventh.
Freshman Joe Serafin (Tariffville, CT/Simsbury) picked up the win in relief for Vermont, with Marsh pitching the seventh for his second save of the day. Junior Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central) took the loss in relief for GW.
The Colonials and Catamounts meet in the third game of the weekend series Sunday at 11 a.m.