Feb. 27, 2011
WASHINGTON - Georgetown rallied from a six-run deficit by scoring two runs in the seventh and two more in the ninth and had the go-ahead run at the plate, but could not plate the equalizer as the Hoyas lost to Wake Forest, 7-5, in the final game of the Wake Forest Baseball Classic in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The loss ends a two-game win streak for the Hoyas, who fall to 4-3, while the Demon Deacons improve to 3-4.
Trailing 7-0 after three innings, the Hoyas received a strong effort from the bullpen - as sophomore Charlie Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade), sophomore Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) and senior Pablo Vinent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) combined for more than six shutout innings - and began to claw back.
The Blue & Gray went into the top of the ninth inning trailing 7-3, but put the first two runners on against Wake Forest's Gabe Feldman with a single from senior third baseman Sean Lamont (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) and a double from senior catcher Erick Fernandez (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah). Senior first baseman Dan Capeless (Centreville, Mass./Boston College HS) followed with a single that brought in Lamont to make it 7-4 and put runners on the corners. A passed ball allowed Fernandez to come in and make it 7-5 and after a two-out walk to sophomore Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial), Wake Forest reliever Chris Wilson retired the final batter to preserve the win.
The Hoyas had pulled to within 7-3 in the seventh on an RBI double from Fernandez and a run-scoring single from freshman designated hitter Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland). Sophomore shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) reached on an error to lead off the inning and moved to second when Lamont singled. Fernandez's double made it 7-2 and Anderson's one-out single to right brought in the third run.
A solo home run from Fernandez to lead off the fifth inning got the Hoyas on the board.
It was a stellar job from the bullpen - for the third-straight game - that allowed kept the Demon Deacons at bay as the offense scrapped its way back.
Senior starter Alex Meyer (Pomptom Plains, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Steinman threw 2.2 innings, allowing only one single with one walk and two strikeouts, while Dennison gave up a leadoff double in the seventh, but walked one and struck out three batters before Vinent threw one scoreless inning.
Fernandez went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI and Lamont went 2-for-4 with two singles and two runs scored.
Georgetown is back in action on Wednesday, March 2, playing local rival George Washington. First pitch in at Barcroft Field in Arlington, Va. is slated for 2:30 p.m.