Four-Run Eighth Inning Lifts Georgetown Past Army, 7-4
Feb. 20, 2011Photo Gallery
WASHINGTON - Sophomore left fielder Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) hit a two-run single to highlight a four-run eighth inning as the Georgetown baseball team came from behind to beat Army, 7-4, in a game played at Wilson Field on the campus of Davidson College in North Carolina.
It was the second win in three games as Georgetown opens the season with a 2-1 record, while Army falls to 1-3.
"We did what we wanted to do and that was come back home with a winning record," Head Coach Pete Wilk said. "I go back to what we've had to deal with since January or February from a weather standpoint and coming down here to play two pretty good teams, this is a good start. I think the character and mental toughness will be built upon. I'm happy with this start.
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Hoyas put the first two runners on base with a double from senior third baseman Sean Lamont (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) and a walk to senior catcher Erick Fernandez (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) off Army reliever Clint Moore. Senior first baseman Dan Capeless (Centreville, Mass./Boston College HS) delivered a double to center to score Lamont and tie the game at four.
Senior Dan Godefroi (Andover, Mass./Andover) was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and Blakey followed with a two-run single up the middle off Army reliever Kevin McKague, giving the Hoyas a 6-4 lead. Sophomore Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton), who pinch-ran for Godefroi, scored on a throwing error for the final Georgetown run.
The Hoyas fell behind early when Army scored a pair of runs, one of them unearned, off junior starter Bobby Kirby (Bel Air, Md./Loyola Blakefield), who allowed two runs on two hits in two innings. He was relieved by redshirt junior Tommy Isaacs (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla./Bolles), who went 4.2 innings and gave up two runs on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
"I really thought that Tommy saved the day," Wilk said. "He gave us a chance to change the momentum. He kept them off the board for a couple of innings where we could settle in and do some work."
Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, the Hoyas put a pair of runs on the board to tie the game. Lamont and Fernandez started the inning with singles and a walk to Capeless loaded the bases for Godefroi, who singled to right and scored Lamont. Blakey followed with a sacrifice fly to right, tying the game. Army starter Thomas Casey induced an inning ending double play to end the threat.
The Hoyas took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when Godefroi hit a one-out single up the middle, scoring Fernandez, who started the inning with a single and moved to second on an error. Army took the lead with a pair of runs of Isaacs in the seventh, but the Hoyas seized control with the four-run eighth.
Lamont finished the day 2-for-4 with two singles and two runs scored, while Fernandez went 2-for-3 with two singles and three runs scored, Godefroi had a pair of hits and drove in two runs and Blakey went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) threw a scoreless ninth inning for his second save of the season. Senior reliever Pablo Vinent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) came on in the seventh inning and went 1.1 innings, allowing two hits with one walk and one strikeout to earn the win.
Georgetown is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 23, visiting Norfolk State. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.