Three-Run Eighth Delivers Georgetown Past St. Bonaventure, 5-3
March 5, 2012
WASHINGTON - Junior centerfielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) broke a 3-all tie with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning and junior Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) threw two innings of scoreless relief as the Georgetown baseball team beat a tough St. Bonaventure squad, 5-3,at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla. during the second day of play at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.
It was the second-straight win, and the sixth in the last seven games, for the Hoyas, who improve to 8-2 overall, while the Bonnies fall to 5-4 overall.
Georgetown trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, but put the first two batters on base off Bona starter Jason Radwan when junior Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./The Overlake School) was hit by a pitch and junior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) singled through the left side. The runners moved up to second and third after a sacrifice from senior catcher Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) and the bases were loaded after an intentional walk to senior Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal).
Radwan struck out senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) for the second out, but sophomore Max Friedman (Wilmington, Del./Tower Hill) drew a bases loaded walk to bring in the tying run. Leeson then greeted SBU reliever Zac Edwards with a single through the right side, bringing in two runs and giving the Hoyas a 5-3 lead they would not relinquish.
Steinman retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out two batters, to pick up the win.
Senior right-hander Will Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) started for the Hoyas and went 7.0 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, with one walk and five strikeouts.
The Hoyas manufactured a run to take a 1-0 lead in the second. Johnson hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a fly out from Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) and runners were on the corners after Lentz was hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt from Friedman brought home Johnson with the first run.
The Bonnies took the lead in the top of the third with three runs off Harris, highlighted by a two-run double from Billy Urban.
The Hoyas had runners on base over the next three innings, but could get plate another run against Radwan until the sixth. Poplawski singled, stole second and after a walk to Blakey, stole third to put runners on the corners with none out. Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly to right, bringing home Poplawski and cutting the lead to 3-2. That was all the Hoyas would get until the eighth when they took the lead for good.
Georgetown continues play in Florida on Monday, March 5 against Bowling Green. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. and junior Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) is scheduled to start for the Hoyas.