Varsity Roundup

Baseball drops two of three at UTSA

The GW baseball team dropped two games and won one in a three-game series at the University of Texas at San Antonio last weekend. Their 9-5 win Saturday was their first road victory of the season.

On Sunday, the Colonials (2-6) managed to turn seven hits into only two runs, as the Roadrunners won 5-2. GW’s first run came in the fifth inning when sophomore Tom Shanley flied out to left field for an RBI. The second came in the ninth when freshman Anthony Smith scored on an error by the Roadrunners (6-4).

Smith, a highly touted freshman pitcher, started his second game of the season Saturday and got his first win. He pitched 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits. Junior Nick Koken relieved Smith and pitched the rest of the game, allowing only two more runs on three hits, preventing UTSA from catching up to the Colonials.

Offensively, GW got started with one run in the first inning and one in the third. Both were scored by Shanley, who was driven in both times on hits by junior Ryan Roberson.

The Colonials added four more runs in the fourth inning, as junior Geoff Milsom, sophomore Jay Quinn and Smith all hit singles to get on base. Shanley and junior Anthony Raglani then singled and tripled to drive in the runs. The game was sealed with two more runs in the seventh inning and one in the ninth, denying the Roadrunners a sweep over the weekend.

GW lost the first game Friday 5-3 despite home runs by senior Jeff Fertitta, his first of the season, and freshman Bill Simpson, his third home run in as many games. UTSA pitcher Aaron Rodriguez slowed down the Colonials, recording a career-high 10 strikeouts for the Roadrunners. Although the Colonials managed to out-hit UTSA 9-7, the Roadrunners capitalized on three GW errors to score five runs.

Junior Dan Sullivan pitched for GW, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits in six innings. It was his second loss on the season.

The Colonials will look to improve their record in

a home game against Old Dominion University Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Va., and then Wednesday at James Madison at 2:30 p.m.

-Heather Struck

Women’s lacrosse falls to Towson

The GW women’s lacrosse team dropped its season opener at Towson State University 9-6 Saturday afternoon.

The Colonials played to a 5-5 tie at halftime but were outscored by the Tigers 4-1 in the second half. Junior Jamie Lee and senior Maria Druke had two goals apiece for GW. Freshman Lauren Hostetler and sophomore Lauren Bower each added one goal.

Freshman Emily Fortunato made 10 saves in her first game in goal for the Colonials. GW actually out-shot Towson 26-25 but could not muster much offense in the second half. Junior Jenny Heisler and sophomore Heidi Mayer each had an assist for the Colonials.

GW will face Johns Hopkins University in its home opener Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon.

Gymnastics loses despite season-high score

The GW gymnastics team recorded its highest score of the season but still fell to North Carolina State University 196.500-195.575 on Friday. Four different gymnasts led the team in four separate events.

On the vault, sophomore Erin Aiken and freshman Jess Guilbert each scored a 9.800 and senior Lindsay Parks scored a 9.750. Parks was also the Colonials’ top finisher in the floor exercise with a score of 9.825.

Junior Stefanie Tocco posted her best score of the season on the uneven bars with a 9.850.

The Colonials will face the University of Maryland Wednesday at 7 p.m. in College Park.

-Alan Siegel

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