Feb. 24, 2013
WASHINGTON - Redshirt sophomore Jack VanderLinden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal) threw five innings and junior Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's School) hit a three-run home run as the Georgetown baseball team used a pair of three-run innings to beat Lafayette, 8-3, on Saturday in Davidson, N.C.
It was the first win of the season for the Hoyas, who improve to 1-2 this season, while Lafayette falls to 0-1.
VanderLinden threw five innings, giving up two unearned runs on one hit with three walks and five strikeouts to earn the win. Freshman pitcher Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) threw four innings, giving up one run on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts to earn his first save.
The three-run seventh came on one swing by Venditti, who sent Derek Gussaroff's two-out pitch over the center field fence. Leading 5-3 in the seventh, the Hoyas put two runners on base after walks to Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) and senior Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) and Venditti sealed the game with his three-run shot.
Venditti went 2-for-5 for the Hoyas, who had nine hits on the afternoon.
Following two scoreless innings to open the game, Georgetown scratched out one run in the third when Leeson hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring freshman Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's), who had hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a walk to Webber and to third on a wild pitch.
The Hoyas added three more runs in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 4-0. Sophomore Ryan Busch hit a sacrifice fly to score Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton), who walked and moved to third on an error. A single from Webber brought home Pomeroy, who had reached on the error, and a ground out from junior Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) plated the third run, making it 4-0.
Vander Linden cruised through the first four innings, facing the minimum 12 hitters, before Lafayette's two-run fifth. The righty got Andrew Ruck to pop out to first to make his 13th consecutive out, before Scott Kelleher doubled to give Lafayette its first baserunner.
In relief of Vander Linden, Davis took the hill. A leadoff double put the Leopards in scoring position, but Davis retiring the next two Lafayette batters to end the threat.
Davis allowed just two Lafayette baserunners in the final three innings to complete his four innings of work and earn the save.