Baseball Drops Second Game To Xavier 7-0 Despite Nine Hits
April 12, 2003
CINCINNATI - The Colonials lost game two to Xavier 7-0 after giving up six runs in the first inning. All but one of GW's players got a hit but the Colonials were held to no runs for the first time this year. The Colonials had not been shutout since May of 2002 when they lost 4-0 to Xavier. GW still leads the all-time series against XU 12-10.
The Colonials drop to 19-10 overall and 1-4 in A-10 play. While XU improves to 13-15-2 overall and 4-4 in the conference. The two teams will conclude their three-game series with a noon time game on Sunday. The Colonials were swept by No. 1 Georgia Tech earlier this year but have not been swept by an Atlantic 10 team since Duquesne took three from GW in 1999.
In the first, Xavier had 10 batters come to the plate and scored six runs on four hits, including four runs with two outs. Senior Mark Andres drove in the game's first run with an RBI single up the middle to score classmate Eric Greenwell from second. Then after Brett Smith drew a bases loaded walk, Kevin McKnight came to bat with a 2-0 lead and the bases loaded with two outs. The junior third baseman smashed a double off the base of the wall in centerfield to drive in three runs. McKnight would score on the next at bat as senior Ryan Schreen doubled down the left field line to make the score 6-0 after one inning.
The Musketeers added another run in the sixth when senior catcher Matt Tedford homered to right field, giving XU a 7-0 advantage.
Senior starting pitcher Greg Wiggers would use the run support, improving to 3-3 on the season. The righty scattered nine hits and struck out three while walking just one to record a complete game shutout for Xavier.
Every GW starter except Matt Owens, who homered in the first game, got a hit in the game. Travis Crowder led the Colonials with two hits and he is now batting .360. The designated hitter, Ryan Roberson hit his seventh double and was the only Colonial to advance to third base. After allowing six runs in the first inning, Josh Wilkie settled down giving up only three hits in the next four innings. He was replaced by Avi Rasowsky in the bottom of the sixth after giving up a solo homer. Rasowsky retired the next three batters striking out one. Wilkie had four strikeouts and has the second most for GW this year with 40.