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GEORGETOWN BASEBALL GAMEDAY LIVE! Hoyas Open the Home Schedule with GW

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Good afternoon Georgetown baseball fans!

While the rest of the office is preparing for the men's basketball game on Friday, the hosting of the second and third round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Verizon Center and the women's team out in College Park, Md. against Princeton on Sunday, I get to hang out here at lovely Shirley Povich Field for today's Georgetown vs. George Washington baseball game.

After about an hour and a half of maintenance work, from cutting the grass, to fixing the mound GW has taken to the infield to warm up. It's definitely a good sign.

As we speak, senior LHP Alex Mayer, who is coming off a strong performance on the mound, allowing one run on five hits over 8.0 innings (read more about it here: http://www.guhoyas.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/031211aaa.html) is setting up SportsSoundsPro on the Pressbox computer with everyone's walk-up music.

Last season, while Mayer was recovering from injury he learned how to use the SportsSoundsPro program and sat up here for most home games (if not all) to handle in-game music duties. Not sure what Mayer's post-graduate plans are, but he could a strong professional baseball pressbox employee right now.

If you're in the Bethesda area, make sure to stop by Shirley Povich Field. The game starts at 3 p.m. and there are a few seats remaining. For now, I'm going to get a little work done. I'll be scoring the game throughout, so if anyone has any problems with the official scoring you can probably just comment on this blog.

I'll be back throughout the game with more observations from the field of play and beyond. Check back after the jump and make sure to keep your cursor on the refresh icon...

 
Starting Lineup for Georgetown
CF 14 Justin Leeson
SS 10 Mike Garza
RF 33 Rand Ravnaas
3B 6 Sean Lamont
1B 11 Dan Capeless
DH 19 Steve Anderson
C 23 Kevin Johnson
LF 24 Dan Godefroi
2B 7 Andy Lentz
and on the mound:
RHP 32 Alex Baker

On the season, Baker, a freshman, right-hander from Charlotte, N.C. is 2-1 with a 7.50 ERA in 12.0 IP.

On the offensive side, Rand Ravnaas (starting in RF and batting 3rd) leads GU in batting average, HR's, RBI's and doubles. He has also collected two BIG EAST Player of the Week honors (Feb. 28 and March 7).

Bottom 1st: Georgetown got a quick three-up, three-down inning in the top of the first. Leeson leads off for the Hoyas. His intro song is Jitterbug by Wham! ...Leeson led off with a double down the left field line. Mike Garza followed with a towering double down the left field line to score Leeson GEORGETOWN 1, GW 0.

Top 2nd: Paul Bello is now in RF for Ravnaas...Baker retired the first two batters on two pitches...Tyler McCarthy is GW's first base runner with a single, but is thrown out by Kevin Johnson trying to steal second base to retire the side.

Bottom 2nd: A quick 1-2-3 inning for Georgetown. Looks like GW's Aaron Weisberg has settled in after giving up back-to-back doubles to start the game. Ollie Mittag made a great play at 2B for GW to end the inning. He'll lead off the Top of the 3rd.

Top 3rd: Alex Mayer just pointed out that Alex Baker has started the first three innings with a one-pitch out, which is impressive. Then Jimmy Best doubled to right field. Baker battled back, got a foul pop-up to the catcher and then finally caught Justin Albright looking at strike three to end the game.

My apologies for messing up my half inning updates. Part of the job here is to make sure GameTracker on GUHoyas.com works. It was not, so I took a break while juggling some tech issues and scoring the game. All is well with the world and that includes the score of the game. While I was trying to bring all of you readers some live stats, Georgetown scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 5-0 lead.

Alex Baker continues to roll, at the moment with a line of 5.0 innings 2 hits, 0 runs. As we head to the bottom of the fifth inning Santana's Black Magic Woman is playing. Good jam!

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Baker has worked himself into a bit of a jam in the bottom of the sixth inning  as Stephen Oswald doubled off the wall in center field to drive in two. Brett Bowers followed with a single, but Dan Godefroi hit cut-off man Mike Garza who threw to Kevin Johnson at home to catch him at the plate, ending the inning. GEORGETOWN 5, GW 2 (after 5 and a half. )

I have a little bit of time to blog as GW's coach argues with the bases umpire after Dan Godefroi was called safe on a GW pick-off attempt. Definitely a few words of Mrowka's that you can make out.

Justin Leeson just CRUSHED a ball over the left field fence for his first home run of the season. GEORGETOWN 7, GW 2. Later in the sixth inning Sean Lamont singled through the left side to drive in Mike Garza (who reached on an error) to give the Hoyas an 8-2 lead. Lamont is caught stealing to end the bottom of the sixth inning GEORGETOWN 8, GW 2.

A quick shout-out to Charles Steinman and Justin Abbott who are operating the old-timey hand-operated scoreboard at Shirley Povich. I'm a fan of technology, but there is just something cool about seeing a pair of hands change the runs, hits and errors on a scoreboard that make it feel like baseball. 

The Hoyas have scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, bringing on a pitching change for George Washington. After fierce squinting on the part of this official scorer it has been determined that the new pitcher is Ryan Heinz. To all the equipment manager who may be reading this blog, remember white numbers on light yellow jerseys may look cool up close, but are impossible to read from a distance of more than 30 feet.

Top 8th: Mike Seander is now pitching for the Hoyas in the top of the eighth inning. Brandon Kelliher just hit a two-run home run to bring the score to 10-4. They are the first two earned runs Seander has given up in 7.1 innings this season...Seander induces a ground ball back to himself to end the inning. GEORGETOWN 10, GW 4

Top 9th: Billy Cosmopulos is on to pitch the 9th inning for the Hoyas. His intro song is The Circle of Life a song some of you may know from the Disney film The Lion King. This kind of takes me back to childhood. I'm not mad at ya Billy.

**Another special things thanks to Beth Friedman for providing cookies in the pressbox today!



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