Feb. 27, 2013
BETHESDA, Md. - The Georgetown University baseball team (2-3) threatened in the bottom of the ninth inning, loading the bases with one-out, but could not overtake George Mason (4-3), falling 4-1 in its home-opener at Shirley Povich Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Senior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and sophomore right fielder Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's School) went 2-for-5 with a run driven in for the Hoyas.
Senior LHP Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) took the loss, falling to 0-1, allowing four runs on four hits over 4.2 innings.
George Mason took an early lead, as Nick Allen drew a lead-off walk and came around to score on Tucker Tobin's single to take a 1-0 lead.
The Hoyas answered in the bottom of the first inning, as Leeson kept the Hoyas inning alive with a two-out double to right field. Two batters later, Christian Venditti singled to left center field to score Leeson, tying the score at one run apiece.
The Patriots regained the lead in the top of the third inning. Blaise Fernandez lined a one-out single to left field and Tobin followed with a two-run home run over the left field fence, giving GMU a 3-1 lead. GMU added a run in the top of the fifth inning, loading the bases, before Josh Leemhuis singled off the foot of relief pitcher James Heine to drive in Tommy Vitaletti, to take a 4-1 lead.
Georgetown loaded the bases in the ninth inning, as Ryan Busch, Danny Poplawski and Leeson each singled on consecutive at-bats, but GMU's John Williams was able to retire the final two batters to end the game and pick up the save. Nick Kendrick earned the victory for the Patriots, tossing a scoreless second inning.
The Hoyas head south to Port Charlotte, Fla., to take part in the Snowbird Baseball Classic. The Blue & Gray will play nine games in eight days over their spring break. The Hoyas return to action at Shirley Povich Field on Wednesday, March 13, when they host UMBC at 3 p.m.
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