TOWSON, Md. – Junior leftfielder Dominic Fratantuono had four hits and drove in three runs to lead the Tigers to their second straight win, a 9-5 non-conference victory over George Washington University (3-11) at John B. Schuerholz Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Fratantuono, who is 9-for-12 in his last three games, led the Tigers to their win over the Colonials by hitting his third home run of the season along with a double and two singles. He helped Towson overcome a 5-0 first inning deficit.
The Colonials took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning against freshman righthander Joe Patton. Senior second baseman Justin Albright led off the game with a single to left field. After he stole second base, junior first baseman Brookes Townsend singled down the left field line, driving in Albright with the first run. After a walk to junior leftfielder Owen Beightol, designated hitter Derek Brown singled to centerfield, giving GW a 2-0 advantage. After Eric Kalman was retired on a fly ball, senior Tyler McCarthy singled to load the bases.
Senior shortstop Matthew Murakami reached on a throwing error by junior shortstop Hunter Bennett as two runs scored to give GW a 4-0 advantage. Patton retired freshman Travers Nammack on an infield ground ball as McCarthy scored the fifth run of the inning. He finally retired the side when senior Ryan Hickey popped up.
Trailing by 5-0 in the bottom of the first, the Tigers started chipping away at their deficit. Third baseman Zach Fisher doubled with one out and scored on an RBI single by Fratantuono to cut the lead to 5-1.
In the third inning, Fisher led off with a single. Fratantuono doubled to right center, scoring Fisher to make it 5-2.
Towson pulled to within 5-4 in the fourth inning. Designated hitter Cody Reeves walked to lead off before Bennett reached on a force play. Centerfielder Richie Blosser lined a double off the left field fence to send Bennett to third base. When Mike Draper grounded out, Bennett scored to make it a 5-3 game. Fisher followed with a double to right, cutting the lead to 5-4.
The Tigers finally tied the score in the bottom of the fifth but they left the bases loaded. Junior Kurt Wertz led off with a single before Kurtis Voytell reached on an error. Both runners moved up a base on a balk. A walk to Reeves loaded the bases. Bennett singled to left, driving in the tying run. But the next three Tigers were retired and the game went to the sixth inning tied at 5-5.
Towson grabbed an 8-5 lead in the sixth inning with the help of an error by the Colonials. Fratantuono led off with a single and catcher Andrew Parker was hit by a pitch. After Wertz lined into a double play, Voytell doubled to left center as Parker scored the go-ahead run. After Voytell went to third base on a wild pitch, Reeves drew a walk. With runners on first and third, they pulled off a double steal to give Towson a 7-5 lead. Another RBI single by Bennett upped the lead to 8-5.
In the bottom of the seventh, Fratantuono’s solo homer gave Towson a 9-5 lead.
Junior righthander Nik Nowottnick pitched very well in relief for the Tigers as he earned his first victory as a Tiger. In 3.2 innings, he allowed no runs on one hit. He walked three and struck out one. Sophomore righthander Nick Cioffi threw 2.1 innings of shutout relief to earn his first save.
After the first inning, Tiger pitchers shut out the Colonials on four hits with four walks.
While Fratantuono led Towson with four hits, Fisher went three-for-five and scored twice. Bennett added three hits and had a pair of RBI’s. Voytell also had two hits as Towson outhit GW, 14-8.
Towson will be trying to extend its winning streak to three game on Wednesday when the Tigers host Pennsylvania at 3:00 p.m.