Feb. 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University baseball team fought back from a four-run deficit to tie the game in the seventh inning, but Wofford broke a 5-all tie in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Hoyas, 6-5, in the season opener for both schools, held at Harley Park in Spartanburg, S.C.. Friday afternoon.
Senior reliever Charlie Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) took the loss, giving up an earned run in the bottom of the 10th. Seth Neely reached second on an error by senior second baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./The Overlake School) to lead off the inning and moved to third on a ground out. After an intentional walk to put runners on the corners with one out, Wofford's Eric Brenk reached base on a sacrifice bunt, bringing in the winning run.
Tied at 5-all in the top of the ninth, the Hoyas loaded the bases with two out but a ground ball ended the scoring chance. Sophomore Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) was walked with one out, but was picked off. Poplawski followed with a double to left, senior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) walked and junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but junior Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's School) grounded out to end the inning.
Senior Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar), who threw three innings of scoreless ball, struck out Wofford in order in the bottom of the ninth as the game went to extra innings.
In the top of the 10th, freshman Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Phillips Andover) reached on an error, but senior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) grounded into a double play to end the threat.
The Hoyas had fallen behind 5-1 after six innings as redshirt sophomore starter Jack Vander Linden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Freshman Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) gave up one run on two hits in 1.1 innings.
Trailing 5-1 in the seventh, the Hoyas took advantage of two walks, a hit by pitch and an error as a fly ball to right by Busch was mis-played, driving in senior Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) and Pomeroy. After a walk to Poplawski put two runners on, Leeson delivered a two-run triple to left-center, tying the game at 5-all.
Georgetown plays on Saturday, Feb. 16 against UNC-Asheville (noon) and then close out the weekend on Sunday, Feb. 17, playing the host USC-Upstate at 1 p.m.