Feb. 22, 2012
Bethesda, Md. -
Senior outfielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) had three hits and drove in four runs and three other Georgetown players drove in three runs apiece as the Hoya baseball team registered season-highs in runs and hits en route to a 17-11 win over Coppin State in the home opener at Shirley Povich Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The win improves Georgetown's record to 3-1 overall, while Coppin State falls to 0-3.
The Hoyas used six different pitchers, with redshirt senior Tommy Isaacs (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla./Bolles) taking the win, throwing 2.0 innings and allowing one run on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The day was highlighted, however, by the Hoya offense, particularly the bottom of the lineup, as the 6-7-8 batters went a combined 7-for-12, with a double, two home runs, three walks, eight runs scored and nine RBI. Junior infielder Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run in the seventh inning, a double, three runs scored and three RBI, while senior catcher Nick Geary (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, two walks and three RBI and sophomore Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's) went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored, while senior catcher Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning.
Coppin State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third, when freshman pitcher Max Allen (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) gave up three-straight hits to start the inning, with a single from Mike Wright plating Jordan Ellis after his leadoff double. Allen escaped further trouble when a relay from Ravnaas to first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) and to Geary threw a runner out at the plate.
In the bottom of the inning, the Hoyas loaded the bases off Coppin State starter Madison Neddo on a walk to Geary, a single from junior outfielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) and a walk to junior centerfielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester). Senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right, but the Hoyas took the lead for good when Ravnaas hit a double to center and redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) laced a single to left, making it 4-1.
Coppin State added a single run in the fourth off of Allen, when Frank Mewborn reached on a fielder's choice, but Georgetown would score 13 runs between the fourth and seventh innings, respectively, to take a 17-5 lead.
The Blue & Gray added four runs in the fourth, with Geary drawing a bases loaded walk from Paul Hawk and Ravnaas delivering a two-run single to left. In the fifth, Anderson and Venditti walked and a double from Blakey scored the first run. Geary followed with a two-run single to right, making it 10-3. Three more runs came in during the sixth, two of them on Blakey's two-run home run to left - his first collegiate home run - and another on an RBI sacrifice fly from junior Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./The Overlake School).
Johnson closed out the scoring in the seventh with a three-run home run to left-center after freshman Ryan Busch () reached on an error and Poplawski singled.
Sophomore right-hander Jack VanderLinden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) started and threw 2.0 innings for Georgetown, striking out two batters.
Freshman Matt Hollenbeck (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) gave up two runs on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts in one inning, while redshirt junior Billy Cosmopulos (Seekonk, Mass./Moses Brown [R.I.]) gave up four runs on two hits, with two walk and two strikeouts. Junior James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) gave up two runs and struck out two batters in the ninth inning.
Georgetown is back in action this weekend, playing in the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., starting on Friday, Feb. 24 when the Hoyas play Cincinnati (10 a.m.) and UMBC (2 p.m.).