Georgetown Offense Powers the Way as Hoyas Beat UMBC, 11-4
Feb. 25, 2012
WASHINGTON - Junior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) drove in three runs and sophomore Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's Country Day) hit a two-run home run to highlight an 18-hit attack as the Georgetown baseball team scored at least 10 runs for the fourth-straight game en route to an 11-4 win over the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday afternoon in the second day of play at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.It was the fifth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 6-1 overall.
Sophomore right-hander Jack VanderLinden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) picked up his first collegiate win in his second career start, throwing 8.0 innings and allowing four runs on 10 hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
The Hoyas took the lead in the second inning on an RBI single from graduate student Jim Laufer (Fairhaven, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy), scoring Blakey, who hit a two-out double.
The lead grew to 2-0 in the third on an RBI single form junior left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton), plating junior centerfielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester), who singled and stole second.
The offense kept moving in the fourth when Balkey's triple to right scored sophomore first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland), who had started things with a leadoff single. Venditti then hit a two-run home run to right-center, making it 5-0.
UMBC scored a run in the fourth to make it 5-1, but the Blue & Gray extended their lead with three more runs in the fifth inning. Senior outfielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) hit a solo home run to lead off the inning and after a walk to redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur), Anderson and Blakey each hit run-scoring doubles to make it 8-1.
In the eighth inning, Ravnaas hit an RBI double and Venditti drove in two more runs with a double.
The Hoyas play Wake Forest on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m., with junior Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) slated to start.