Hoyas Lose Lead to Bowling Green, Bounce Back to Beat Maine
March 8, 2013
Sophomore pitcher Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) threw four innings of shutout ball and Georgetown scored five times in the sixth inning en route to an 8-3 win over Maine on Thursday afternoon at North Charlotte Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. at the Snowbird Classic Thursday afternoon.
It was the second game of the day for the Hoyas, who saw a 6-0 lead against Bowling Green disappear in an 8-7 loss in 10 innings.
Georgetown is 6-5 overall, including a 4-2 record during its trip to Florida.
In the nightcap, the Hoyas trailed 3-0 after five innings as freshman pitcher Gino Basso (Glen Allen, Va./Godwin) gave up two runs on five hits in 3.1 innings. He was relieved by freshman Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison), who gave up one run on two hits in innings.
The Hoyas came to life in the sixth, however, with senior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) hitting a leadoff double and scoring on a single from senior left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton). After sophomore third baseman Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) reached on an error, a single from Curtis Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) brought in another run. Freshman catcher Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) reached on an error to load the bases and a balk brought in the tying run and sacrifice flies from senior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) and junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) pushed the Georgetown lead to 5-3.
Singles from freshman Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) and Blakey put runners on the corners in the seventh and a ground out form Bello made it 6-3. After Busch was hit by a pitch and Blakey moved to third, a single from Pomeroy brought in another run.
Brown, meanwhile, threw four shutout innings, giving up only three hits and striking out four batters to get the win.
In the first game of the day, Georgetown scored two runs in the second and added four unearned runs in the third to take a 6-1 lead. Junior right fielder Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's) hit a two-run home run in the second and in the third, the Hoyas took advantage of three hits and three errors, with run-scoring singles from Collins and Leeson, to push the lead to 6-1.
Bowling Green, however, scored six runs in the sixth off junior starter Jack VanderLinden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal) and senior reliever James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) to take a 7-6 lead. The Hoyas would respond, with an RBI single from Collins scoring Leeson, who reached on an error and moved to second on a wild pitch.
Senior reliever Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) came on in relief in the ninth and worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits with four walks and one strikeout to take the loss.
Georgetown is back in action on Friday, March 8, playing Chicago State at 5:30 p.m.