March 6, 2011
WASHINGTON - Georgetown used a five-run fifth inning to take the lead and three relievers combined to give up only one run in three-plus innings as the Hoyas beat Penn, 11-6, at Alfond Stadium in Winter Park, Fla. It was the third-straight win, and the fifth in the last six games, as the Blue & Gray improve to 7-3 overall, while Penn falls to 0-2.
Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the Hoyas sent 10 men to the plate, had four run-scoring hits and took advantage of three walks to score five runs and take a 7-4 lead. Georgetown added three runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh.
In the fifth, sophomore center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) tripled to left-center and drove in sophomore Paul Bello (Towaco, N.J./Delbarton), who reached base on a leadoff walk. Another walk, this one to sophomore shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur), put runners on the corners, and a double down the left field line from senior third baseman Sean Lamont (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) scored Leeson and tied the game. An RBI groundout from senior catcher Erick Fernandez (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) brought in Garza with the go-ahead run. A walk to senior first baseman Dan Capeless (Centreville, Mass./Boston College HS) put runners on the corners with two out and freshman designated hitter Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) and junior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) followed with RBI singles to push the lead to 7-4.
A run in the top of the sixth narrowed the lead to 7-5, but the Hoyas quickly responded. Leeson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning and junior right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) drilled a two-run home run to right making it 9-5. Lamont walked and scored when Fernandez reached base on an error to make it 10-5.
The Hoyas closed out the scoring in the seventh when Leeson was issued a one-out walk and scored on a double to right-center from Ravnaas.
Penn had jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fifth as three of the first four batters had hits off junior Tommy Isaacs (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla./Bolles) and the Quakers scored two runs. Sophomore reliever Bobby Kirby (Bel Air, Md./Loyola Blakefield) gave up a 2-0 run home run as the lead grew to 4-0, but retired the final two batters in the inning.
Kirby left the game in the sixth with runners on second and third and one out, but senior Pablo Vinent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) retired the final two batters. Vinent retired the side in order in the seventh before handing the ball to senior Mike Seander (Cranston, R.I./St. Raphael Academy), who gave up a walk and one hit in a scoreless eighth inning.
Sophomore Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) gave up one run in the ninth to close out the win. Kirby picked up the win, throwing 1.2 innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits with two strikeouts.
Georgetown scored 11 runs on nine hits and Leeson and Ravnaas combined for four hits, six runs and four RBI in the top two spots in the batting order. Ravnaas went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs, while Leeson went 2-for-3, walked twice, scored four runs and drove in one.
Georgetown continues its stay in Florida on Monday, March 7, playing Rollins College. First pitch at Alfond Stadium is slated for 6 p.m.