Colonials Sweep Towson In Four Games This Year With 6-4 Win In Nightcap
April 2, 2003
TOWSON, MD - The Colonials completed a four game season sweep of the Towson Tigers when they won the second half of a double header, 6-4 at Schuerholz Park on Wednesday afternoon. Nick Koken collected his fifth save while Nate CasaGrande earned his third win. Jeff Fertitta (Baltimore, MD/Loyola) went two-for-two finishing the day with five RBI over the two games.
In the second game, the Colonials took another 3-0 lead in the first inning as they took advantage of three walks and a single. Travis Crowder walked to lead off the game and went to second on a single by Tom Shanley. Another walk to senior Chris Barry loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly by Jeff Fertitta scored Crowder and gave GW a 1-0 lead. Shanley scored the second run of the inning on an infield grounder by sophomore Ryan Roberson. After sophomore Anthony Raglani drew the third walk of the inning, Raglani and Barry pulled off a double steal to give the Colonials a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers rallied for four runs in the last of the second inning to take a 4-3 lead. With two outs, senior Joey Marcozzi (Calvert Hall H.S./Bel Air, Md.) drew a walk. Freshman catcher Ryan Schreiter (Montoursville H.S./Montoursville, Pa.) followed with a single to put two runners on base. Paduano doubled down the left field line to drive in two runs and make it a 3-2 game. When Justis followed with a two-run homer to left field, the Tigers had a 4-3 lead.
But, the lead didn't last long as GW scored twice in the third inning. Shanley was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He went to third base on an errant pickoff attempt and a single by Barry. Fertitta's sacrifice fly to left field scored Shanley with the tying run, making it a 4-4 game. Barry went to third base on a single by Robertson before Raglani's single to right field gave the Colonials a 5-4 lead.
After allowing four runs and three hits in the second inning, Colonial righthander Nate CasaGrande settled down and shut out the Tigers until he left after the fifth inning. Meanwhile, junior lefthander Steve Swiech came out of the Towson bullpen and shut out the Colonials until the seventh inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Tigers made a strong bid to tie the game. Sophomore Derek Dixon led off the inning with an infield single. He advanced to second base on a wild pitch and went to third base on a sacrifice bunt by senior Tom Trela. However, senior righthander David Cutler came out of the GW bullpen to retire pinch hitter Casper Wells on a ground ball to shortstop before striking out Schreiter to end the threat.
With two outs in the seventh inning, Fertitta helped the Colonials score an insurance run. He singled to left center field, stole second base and scored on a double by Roberson, giving GW a 6-4 lead.
Sophomore righthander Nick Koken earned his fifth save by pitching a scoreless seventh inning for the Colonials.
The Colonials improve to 19-7 with the win and await a series at St. Bonaventure this weekend. GW is 1-2 in conference play losing a series to Rhode Island on the heels of an 11-game winning streak. GW has now won three straight completing a four game sweep of Towson this year. The Colonials improve to 21-18-2 over the Tigers all-time. GW has won every game in which they have scored 10 or more runs. Out of their 19 victories this year, the Colonials have had double digits in runs in 11 of them.