May 14, 2010

Sawicki Again Shuts Down Great West Opponent

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GREELEY, Colo. – Northern Colorado's ace pitcher Joe Sawicki again shut down a Great West Conference baseball foe, defeating New York Tech 11-1 in the first of a four-game series on Friday afternoon at Jackson Field.

Sawicki (7-2, 6-0 GWC) pitched eight innings, allowing just one run, walking three and striking out 11 in 115 pitches. It lowers his ERA in conference games to 1.90.

With the win, Northern Colorado improves to 26-21 on the year and 16-5 in Great West Conference play, while New York Tech moves to 21-24-2 overall and 12-9 in league action.

The Bears 11 runs came on 15 hits, while NYIT scored one run on seven hits and committed two errors.

Senior outfielder Tyler Borzileri and sophomore short stop Tony Crudo each went 3-for-4 on the day and each crossed home plate three times to lead the Bears. Sophomore Jarod Berggren and junior T.J. Berge both had two hits to stretch their hitting streaks to 31 and 18 games, respectively and senior Mike Raudenbush also chipped in two hits on the afternoon.

The top three in the batting order had all 10 of the team's RBI as Borzileri had three, Berggren four and Berge three. The four RBI ties a career-best mark for Berggren. Berge also had the only home run of the game, his seventh of the year.

“This was the same Joe,” said Head Coach Kevin Smallcomb about his starting pitcher. “He located the ball, hit most every pitch and had good velocity. He had 11 strikeouts and is on top of his game. It gives the other guys a lot of confidence to see him pounding the zone. The double down the left field line (by Berggren) was a huge deal and opened the gates for the five-spot in the seventh.”

NC plated two in the third inning to break up the scoreless game. NYIT scored its lone run in the sixth, but the Bears, as they have been doing of late, scored crooked numbers in the later innings to secure the win. NC scored five in the seventh and four in the eighth for the double-digit victory.

Sophomore Cameron Tallman pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Bears, striking out one in a three-up, three-down frame.

Preston Wasmund (5-3) took the loss for the NYIT Bears, throwing 7.1 innings, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) on 14 hits, walking two and striking out two. Jose Checo threw the final 0.2 innings, allowing one run on one hit in three batters faced.

The two teams meet on the diamond Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 11:00 a.m. Sophomore Joe Willman is scheduled to pitch the first game, while freshman Mark Shannon is slated for the nightcap.