The Colonials were swept by No. 16 Florida Atlantic University in a three-game series in Boca Raton, Fla., last weekend. In their first three games of the regular season, the Colonials fell to the Owls 7-1 Friday, 29-1 Saturday and 7-5 Sunday.
The second game of the series was particularly tough to swallow for GW. Sophomore starting pitcher Josh Wilkie was knocked out of the game in the second inning after he gave up seven runs to Florida Atlantic’s dominating lineup.
The relief pitchers fared no better against the Owls, who kept slugging and racked up a total of 29 runs, matched only by a single RBI from GW sophomore shortstop Tom Shanley.
Freshman Anthony Smith made his collegiate debut on Friday when he got the Colonials’ only RBI of the game, narrowly escaping a shutout by the Owls.
GW allowed only three runs in the first seven innings, but the Owls saw their chance in the eighth when they crushed GW’s relievers for four runs to put the game out of the Colonials’ reach.
GW managed to score in the ninth when Smith hit a shot to right field, driving in junior outfielder Anthony Raglani. But Smith was called out at first base, ending the game.
The Colonials have a day’s rest before they go against Georgetown Tuesday in their home opener. The game will start at 2:30 p.m. at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va.