Baseball Suffers Sweep At Hands Of Xavier With 11-5 Loss
Senior Travis Crowder Hits His Fourth Home Run Of The Year
April 13, 2003
CINCINNATI, OH - The Colonials (19-11) were swept by an Atlantic 10 opponent for the first time since 1999 when they lost the third game of their series, 11-5, with Xavier at Hayden Field on Sunday. The Colonials led in the fifth inning after Travis Crowder hit a three-run home run to put GW up 4-3. GW would score only one more and dropped to a 1-5 record in the Atlantic 10 this season.
After opening the year with their best start since the 1957 season, the Colonials have started Atlantic 10 play with their slowest start since opening the 1997 season 0-3 after being swept by Virginia Tech.
The win gave Xavier (14-15-2, 5-4 A-10) its first A-10 series sweep of the season and its first sweep of the Colonials since the 1998 season. GW still edges XU with a 12-11 all-time record against the Atlantic 10 West rival.
Xavier got out of the gate with a run each in first, second and third innings.
In the first, senior Mark Andres doubled to left field driving in Jason Morelli for the game's first run.
Then in the second after sophomore Brett Smith doubled to left center, he advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Eric Armstrong. A few pitches later, Smith scored on a wild pitch to make the score 2-0 XU.
Junior Alec Moss singled home sophomore Jay Johnson in the third inning to make the score 3-0 in favor of Xavier.
The Colonials got four runs in the top of the fifth, all with two outs, as Joe Michalski had an RBI double to right center followed by a three run blast to right field by Travis Crowder as GW took its only lead of the game 4-3.
XU tied the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth as Andres had his second RBI of the game, with a single to left centerfield that allowed fellow senior co-captain Eric Greenwell to score from second base.
Armstrong then gave XU its game-winning run with his second home run of the season to left field in the sixth making the score 5-4, Xavier.
The Musketeers tacked on four runs in the seventh and another two in the eighth off a home run by Matt Tedford, a two-RBI single by James Schlosser, an infield RBI single by Ryan Schreen and a two-RBI single by Moss.
Dan Sullivan started for the Colonials and Nick Koken picked up his third loss of the year after replacing Sullivan. Despite a run by GW in the ninth to make the score 11-5, senior Jarret Sues improved to 3-4 on the season with his first complete game win of the season. Sues allowed seven hits while striking out seven and walking one to complete a strong weekend by the Muskteer pitching staff.
In the three game sweep of GW, Xavier allowed nine runs on 18 hits while fanning 17 and walking just four Colonials.
The Colonials have two games in the coming week before hosting their first Atlantic 10 series of the season at Barcroft against Duquesne. GW will play at UMBC on Tuesday at 3:00 pm and then travel to Penn State for a 2:00 pm game on Wednesday.