Georgetown Uses Three-Run Eighth Inning to Beat Valparaiso, 4-3
March 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown scored three times in the bottom of the eighth inning and senior left-hander Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) went eight innings as the Hoyas beat Valparaiso, 4-3, at North Charlotte Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. at the Snowbird Classic Monday afternoon.
Georgetown improves to 4-4 overall with the win, while Valpo falls to 2-7.
Polus went 8.0 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts to even his record at 1-1 this season.
The senior southpaw gave up one run in the second and two more in the fourth, but he allowed only two base hits in the final four innings to secure the win.
Senior reliever Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) allowed only a two-out single in the ninth, and induced a ground ball for the final out to record his second save this season.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, senior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) and junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) each singled to put runners on first and second with none out. Senior second baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./The Overlake School) followed with a two-run double to left, scoring both runners and tying the game at 3-all.
Freshman Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) broke the tie in the next at-bat with a double to right-center, scoring Poplawski to give GU a 4-3 lead. Valpo would get out of the inning without another run scoring, but Steinman closed the door for the Hoya win.
"Tommy pitched really well," Head Coach Pete Wilk said. "We had a great eighth inning and Charlie closed it down. It was a good win for us."
The Hoyas had taken a 1-0 lead in the first when freshman shortstop Curtis Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) singled, stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored on Leeson's sacrifice fly.
Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) and Webber singled to put runners on first and second, but Michigan pitcher Ben Ballantine retired the final two batters to end the threat.
Georgetown continues play in the Snowbird Classic on Tuesday, March 5, playing Toledo. First pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m.