Giel's Complete Game, Ferraresi's Homers Carry Baseball to 5-1 Win at Army
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Columbia pitcher Tim Giel threw a complete game while Nick Ferraresi homered twice at Army on Saturday to carry the Lions baseball team to a 5-1 victory in non-league action.
Ferraresi finished 3-for-5 on the day with three RBI and two runs to help Columbia (5-11) win its third straight game in just two days as the Black Knights dropped to 5-11 on the season.
It was the second straight day a Columbia pitcher threw a complete game as Giel (1-1) picked up his first victory of the season scattering nine hits and four strikeouts while letting up just one run. David Speer also completed a seven-inning game in the Lions' 2-1 victory over NYIT on Friday.
Columbia took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and did not trail the rest of the way. Aaron Silbar was hit by a pitch and advanced to third after Mike Fischer smacked a double to center field. Nick Crucet came up to the plate next with a double of his own to send both Silbar and Fischer home to score and put the Lions ahead.
Ferraresi made it a 3-0 Columbia advantage with a leadoff homerun in the fourth to keep the Lions rolling.
Designated hitter Joey Falcone hit a leadoff single in the sixth frame and soon scored as Ferraresi homered for the second time to make it a 5-0 ballgame.Meanwhile, Giel's strong arm held Army scoreless through the first six innings before the Black Knights got on the board in the seventh. Jacob Page, Michael Sands and Connor Love hit back-to-back singles to send Page to the plate for Army's lone run of the game. Giel got out of the jam with a strikeout and groundout and was able to hold them scoreless over the final two innings en route to the second complete game of his career.