March 2, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Georgetown baseball team fought back back to tie the score late, overcoming a three run deficit, but ultimately fell by a 10-9 score on Sunday afternoon at UNCG Baseball Stadium.
The Hoyas (3-6) scored two runs in the top of the eighth to fight back and tie the score at nine, but UNCG (5-5) hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning off of Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) to take the lead back for good.
On a warm day with the wind blowing out, the Georgetown baseball team registered 11 hits, including a season high extra base hits.Patrick Camporini (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) had two doubles and two RBI to lead the offense. Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's School) and AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) both had two hits and Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) had a 2-run double. Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) and Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines), all reached base twice and Busch scored two runs. Freshman Chris Giordano (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland) made his first career start, going just 2.1 innings, giving up eight runs, five earned, on six hits. David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) threw 4.1 innings in relief, giving up just one run with three strikeouts.
After struggling through the first two games of the series, the offense broke out early on Sunday, scoring four runs on five hits in the top of the second inning. Singles by Venditti and Carter put runners on the corner with just one out. Camporini worked a full count before lofting a high fly ball to left field that just missed going out, hitting off the top of the wall for a double that scored Venditti. After a ground out, Kuzbel doubled down the right field line to plate both Carter and Camporini. Busch followed with a double, extending his hitting streak to six games, to score Kuzbel and give the Hoyas a 4-0 lead. Georgetown sent eight men to the plate in the frame and forced five full counts.
UNCG plated a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out, two-run double to cut Georgetown’s lead to 4-2.
The Blue & Gray got those runs right back in the top of the third. Collins led off with a single and Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep (Mass.)/Guilderland) and Carter both walked to load the bases. Camporini hit a sacrifice fly to score Collins and Ryan doubled to score Anderson to make the score 6-2 in favor of the Hoyas.
However, the Spartans came back with six runs in the bottom of the third, on five hits and costly error, and another in the fourth to take an 9-6 lead.
The Hoyas cut into the deficit in the top of the sixth without the benefit of a hit. Busch led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored when Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) grounded out to third, to pull the score within two at 9-7.
In the top half of the eighth, Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's/Phillips Andover) pinch hit and walked. Kuzbel put down a sacrifice bunt, but reached when the first baseman dropped the ball. Busch grounded into a fielder’s choice, forcing Pomeroy at third. Webber singled to right and Kuzbel scored when the right fielder bobbled the ball. Collins flew out to the wall in the right-center gap, the deepest part of the field, allowing Busch to tag up and advance to third.
UNCG brought in a right-handed reliever to face Venditti. On the first pitch, Venditti hit a sharp line drive that the third baseman jumped and snagged, but it popped out of his glove for a single and Busch scored to tie the game.
After UNCG homered to take a 10-9 lead. Carter led off the top of the ninth with a single. Camporini walked, moving pinch runner Gino Basso (Glen Allen, Va./Godwin) to second. However, the Hoyas could not score as Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City), who came in as a defensive replacement the previous half inning, struck out and Kuzbel grounded into a double play.
Georgetown will play a midweek game at Navy on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. The Hoyas will then travel to Port Charlotte, Fla. for spring break where they will play eight games in nine days.
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