WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Niagara baseball team picked up an extra inning win over George Washington on Saturday afternoon. The Purple Eagles used a nine run 10th inning for a 12-4 win over the Colonials.
- Neither team was able to push a run across in the first three innings as Niagara had two hits in the first three innings.
- In the bottom of the fourth George Washington drew a one out walk and then hit a two run homer to open the scoring.
- The Colonials added one run in the bottom of the fifth as they drew a bases loaded walk.
- The comeback was on for the Purple Eagles in the seventh inning as they trailed 3-0. Max Giordano drew a one out walk. Vincent Mauro came to the plate with a three game hitting streak on the line. He hit his second homer of the season to make it 3-2.
- While still trailing by a run heading into the top of the ninth, the Purple Eagles looked to force extra innings. On a 2-2 pitch to open the frame, Giordano tied the game at three as he blasted his MAAC leading sixth homer of the season to tie the game at three.
- Nick Veselinovic got three strikeouts while allowing a hit and a walk in the bottom of the ninth but kept the Colonials off the board.
- Matt Ward opened the tenth inning with a single which was followed up with an error and a walk to Cole Tucker to load the bases. Giordano then singled home Ward to give Niagara the lead. Mauro’s big day continued as he singled up the middle to drive in two runs and give the Purple Eagles a 6-3 lead.
- After a pitching change the Purple Eagles pushed another run across on an error. With the bases loaded again and two outs, Ward singled to center field and drove in two more Niagara runs. After another pitching change, Gavin Schrader worked an 11 pitch at bat that drove in the 10th Niagara run. Three pitches later, Tucker notched a double to left center to drive in two runs and to make it 12-3.
- The Colonials got a run back in the bottom of the 10th but could not tie the game as Veselinovic got a pair of strikeouts in the inning to secure the win.
- The Purple Eagles have 26 hits in the last two games which is most they have had in back-to-back games this season.
- Marcus Cashman started on the mound and went four innings while allowing two runs on three hits. He struckout four and notched five flyouts and four groundouts.
- Noah Richardson was first out of the pen as she went an inning while allowing an unearned run with two strikeouts.
- Steven Hospital pitched a flawless sixth inning as he had two strikeouts and a groundout with just 13 pitches.
- Zac Laird notched three strikeouts in 1.2 innings while allowing just one hit.
- Marty Cole closed out the eighth inning as he got a four pitch flyout.
- Veselinovic went two innings and earned his first win of the season as he struckout five and allowed just one run on three hits.
- The pitching staff had 15 strikeouts, it is the third time this season Niagara has had double digit strikeouts. They are 3-0 in those games.
- Mauro has hits in his last four games, in those four games he his 9-17 with 14 RBI. He has hits in nine of this last 10 games.
- Ward had three hits and a pair of RBIs in the game. He has a hit in the last four games, in those four games he has six RBIs.
- Giordano leads the Purple Eagles with a .385 average which is second in the MAAC. He has a MAAC leading six homers and is tied for the lead with 20 RBIs.
- The Purple Eagles seek their second three game series win tomorrow at Noon as they close out the series with George Washington before opening MAAC play next weekend.
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