Colonials Call On Comeback To Fight Off Tigers, Winning 7-5
April 2, 2003
TOWSON, MD - The Colonials defeated Towson in the first game of a doubleheader with the score of 7-5. Junior Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola) keyed the offense with his third home run of the year. The homer was a three-run shot to right field in the first inning setting the tone for GW. Tony Dokoupil (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) also homered hitting his third out in the second inning. Dokoupil led off GW's last inning comeback with a single and scored the tying run as the Colonials held off the Tigers.
GW improved to 18-7 with the victory at Schurholz Park in Towson, MD. While GW led for much of the game, it took some timely runs in the final inning to win. Dokoupil who had scored the winning run a day earlier against Norfolk State led the Colonials again in the seventh inning with a leadoff single. Freshman Matt Owens (Fayetteville, GA/ Fayette County) drove in Dokoupil with the tying run when he singled to centerfield.
With the score tied in the seventh, senior Travis Crowder (Manassas, VA/Osbourn) put GW ahead with an RBI double to rightfield, scoring Owens all the way from first base. Crowder advanced to third base on the throw to the plate. He gave the Colonials a 7-5 lead when he scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman shortstop Tom Shanley (Stanfordville, NY/Pine Plains).
The Tigers had taken a 5-4 lead in their half of the sixth inning when sophomore Jeremy Stifler (North Harford H.S./Jarrettsville, Md.) led off with a home run to right field, tying the game at 4-4. Freshman Adam Heffron (Hammond H.S./Laurel, Md.) followed with a bunt single and went to second base on a throwing error by pitcher Dan Pfau (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Cenral). Relief pitcher Josh Wilkie (Alpharetta, GA/Chattahoochee) replaced Pfau and tried to pick Heffron off second base. His throw went into centerfield and Heffron advanced to third base. Two outs later, junior shortstop Brian McKenna (Watkins Mill H.S./Germantown, Md.) doubled down the left field line to give Towson its short-lived 5-4 lead.
The Colonials took a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Fertitta hit his three-run homer after starting pitcher Chris Rhoades (Middletown North H.S./Middletown, N.J.) walked Crowder to lead off the game and Shanley was hit by a pitch. Towson scored once in the last of the first on an infield hit by junior Bobby Paduano (St. Anthony's H.S./Huntington, N.Y.). After Dokoupil led off the second inning with a solo homer, the Colonials led, 4-1.
Towson cut the lead to 4-3 in the second when Heffron led off with a double and scored on an infield grounder by sophomore second baseman Shane Justis (Bel Air H.S./Bel Air, Md.). McKenna followed with a double to right field and scored on a single by junior first baseman Mike Costello (Archbishop Curley H.S./Baltimore, Md.), making it a 4-3 game.
The 7-5 win was GW's third over Towson this year. The Colonials won at home against Towson twice winning 8-5 and 20-4 at Barcroft Park.