March 4, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior catcher Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) drove in four runs and redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio,Texas/Douglas MacArthur) drove in three runs as the Georgetown baseball team broke a 5-all tie en route to a 12-7 win over St. Bonaventure in the first game of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational, held at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla.
It was the fifth win in the last six games for the Hoyas, who improve to 7-2 overall, while the Bonnies fall to 2-2 overall.
Tied at 5-all in the top of the seventh inning, Johnson broke the stalemate with a two-run home run to left, scoring junior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial), who had reached on a leadoff single. The Hoyas added two more runs in the inning, the first on a sacrifice fly from junior Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester), scoring sophomore Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's Country Day), who walked and moved two bases on passed balls, and when sophomore Max Friedman (Wilmington, Del./Tower Hill) came across on an error, giving GU a 9-5 lead.
The Bonnies cut the lead to 9-7 in the bottom of the inning, but Georgetown responded with three more runs in the top of eighth, the first two runs coming off Johnson's bat. Junior Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./The Overlake School) reached base on an error, moved to second when junior Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) reached on a bunt and both runners advanced on stolen bases. Johnson followed with a two-run single to left, making it 11-7. Johnson, who moved to third on two passed balls, scored when senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) grounded out.
Freshman pitcher Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) picked up the win for the Hoyas, coming on in relief in the fifth inning and went the rest of the way, throwing 5.0 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Junior Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar), making his first start of the season, threw 4.0 innings, giving up five runs (two earned) on five hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.
The Hoyas had taken a 3-1 lead in third when Garza hit a two-run triple to highlight a three-run inning. Leeson walked and a single from junior left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) put two runners on before Garza tripled to left. Sophomore first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) drove in Garza with a ground out.
Georgetown added single runs in the fourth and fifth, respectively. In the fourth, Leeson walked, stole second, moved to third on an error and scored on Garza's sacrifice fly. A solo home run from Blakey in the fifth gave Georgetown a 5-3 lead before the Bonnies tied the game in the bottom of the inning.
The Hoyas are back in action on Sunday, March 4, playing St. Bonaventure again. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.