March 12, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University baseball team finished its spring break with an encouraging 4-2 win over Eastern Kentucky on Sunday morning in Bradenton, Fla. The Hoyas (6-9) received a GU single-game record 13 strikeouts from sophomore Jimmy Saris (Great Falls, Va./Langley) and finished 4-5 on their road trip to Florida with the win over EKU (6-6).
The previous Georgetown record for strikeouts in a game was 11 and had been done three times, including last season by sophomore Andy Ferich (Collegeville, Pa./ Perkiomen Valley). Saris finished the day after pitching seven innings and allowing no earned runs on three hits, while recording the win (2-2). Freshman Jack Bender (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) pitched a scoreless eighth and junior Daniel Kennedy (West Orange, N.J./Regis) worked a scoreless for his fourth save in six appearances.
The Hoyas got on the board in the second inning with two runs to take the 2-0 lead. Junior Matthew Maranges (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) knocked home junior Matt Iannetta (Providence, R.I./St. Raphael Academy) with a RBI single. Sophomore Kelly Muir (South Pasdena, Calif./Loyola) then scored the game's second run on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by freshman Tom Elliott (Blue Bell, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep). Elliott would also collect his first collegiate hit later in the game while Muir made a fantastic diving catch in the ninth inning to save one run, and possibly two, from crossing home plate.
After a sacrifice fly made the score 2-1 in the third, both team's bats went silent until the seventh. Georgetown would then extend their lead to 3-1 on consecutive doubles from seniors Mark McLaughlin (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle) and Derek deGrijs (Nashville, Tenn./Goodpasture). McLaughlin finished with two hits and a run scored while deGrijs reached base three times (two singles and a walk), while also getting a RBI and stealing a base.
After another sacrifice from EKU cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Georgetown completed the scoring for the day in the top of the eighth. With Muir on first base, Maranges hit a groundball that seemed routine at the onset. While Maranges was being thrown out at first, Muir continued around second on his way to third. Noticing this, the EKU first basemen fired the ball to third to try and get the hustling Muir. However, the throw went awry and Muir was able to come all the way home from first on the play and make it 4-2 in favor of the Hoyas.
The Hoyas return to the D.C. area and head to Coppin State to play a single game on Tuesday, March 13, at Joe Cannon Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.