Feb. 17, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University baseball team dropped their 2007 opener 16-15 at Davidson on Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats used a five-run bottom of the seventh to edge the Hoyas.
Junior first baseman Matt Harrigan (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) finished 5-6 with two runs scored and three runs batted in on two doubles and a homerun. Junior shortstop Matthew Bouchard (East Greenwich, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) went 2-5 with one run and a game-high four runs batted in and hit his first homerun of the 2007 season.
Freshman hurler Jack Bender (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) took the loss in his first collegiate appearance, but did strikeout four Wildcat batters in his 1 2/3 innings worked, while junior Erick Chandler (Somerset, N.J./Rutgers Prep) started the game and struckout five over five innings.
"Erick pitched well and his line score doesn't reflect how well he pitched, said GU head coach Pete Wilk. "He pitched into some tough luck as he didn't allow too many hard hit balls."
Senior righthander Sean Lennox earned the win for Davidson after only recording one out in his brief relief appearance. Starter Rob Wilson allowed four runs on nine hits during his five innings.
The Hoyas took the lead 2-0 in the second inning on a two-run homerun by sophomore Sean Baumann (Tampa, Fla./Freedom), the first of his college career, that brought home senior Joseph Graziano (Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade) who had reached on a fielder's choice.
Down 7-4 in the sixth inning, the Hoyas responded to tie the game at 7-7. The first run came home when senior catcher Brandon Davis (Poway, Calif./The Bishop's School) was plunked by Davidson's Bobby DeMuro which brought home senior Mark McLaughlin (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle). With the bases still loaded, Harrigan laced a two-run single to center that evened the game.
After Davidson responded in the bottom of the sixth with four runs and went ahead 11-7, Georgetown delivered their biggest inning of the day with six runs in the seventh to re-take the lead. With two runners on and two out, Bouchard hit a three-run blast to cut the deficit to a run, 11-10. The next batter, junior rightfielder Matt Iannetta (Providence, R.I./St. Raphael Academy) blasted a homer over the left-center wall and tied the game at 11.
Then, with runners on second and third, Lennox uncorked a wild pitch which allowed Davis to score the lead run, 12-11. The next batter was Graziano, and he knocked home Harrigan with a single to left. When all was said and done, the Hoyas had plated six runs in the inning, all of them coming with two outs.
Davidson answered with a five-run bottom of the seventh to retake the lead at 16-13, but the Hoyas wouldn't go quietly. In the eighth, they cut the lead to two runs after an error by new second baseman Graham Chapman allowed Baumann to score. Two batters later, Bouchard plated freshman Joe Silvestri (Floral Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) with a sacrifice fly to make it 16-15.
The Hoyas went down in order in the ninth inning to end the game as the comeback fell short by a run, 16-15.
"I felt we swung the bats pretty well considering we've only been outside two days in the last two weeks (snowy weather in Washington, D.C.)," Wilk said. "We're young so there are a ton of positives to take away from today."
The Hoyas will play game two of the three-game series Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Wilson Field with Michael Gaggioli to start on the hill.