Hoyas Unable to Catch Retrievers, Fall 10-9 in Home Opener to UMBC
March 12, 2008
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University baseball team came close on many occasions but could never take the lead as they fell in a non-conference game to UMBC on Wednesday afternoon, 10-9. Sophomore lead-off hitter Tommy Lee (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) scored three times after reaching base on five separate occasions.
A UMBC run made the score 10-7, but the Hoyas knocked home two runs in the eighth, courtesy of a RBI single from sophomore Kelly Muir (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) and a sacrifice fly from sophomore Dan Capeless (Centerville, Mass./Boston College H.S.). The Blue and Gray had a chance to tie the game, or even take the lead, in the ninth when Erick Fernandez (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) led-off with a single. However, he was picked off of first and then with runners on first and second and one out, a groundout and pop-up ended the threat.
Trailing 3-0 to start the game, Georgetown put runners on second and third and two outs. Senior Matt Harrigan (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) delivered a single to center that would score Lee, but Freshman Sean Lamont (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
With two outs in the third, junior Sean Baumann (Tampa, Fla./Freedom) hit a grounder to second that was mishandled. The error allowed Lee to come around and score with GU's second run of the contest.
After a Chip Malt (Buckingham Browne & Nichols) single cut the deficit to two runs in the fourth inning, the sophomore would steal second and move to third on a fielder's choice. A fielding error by the UMBC third baseman on a grounder by Lee scored Malt and cut the Retriever lead to 5-4.
Trailing 8-4, Capeless hit a RBI-single in the fifth before UMBC tacked on another run to make the score 9-5. Then in the sixth inning, Lamont singled to score Lee and Baumann followed with a run-scoring double to slice the lead to 9-7.
Jimmy Saris (Great Falls, Va./Langley) allowed five runs in three innings and sophomore Alex Meyer (Pompton Plains, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) allowed four runs during the middle innings. Sophomore Jack Bender (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) took the loss and senior Grady McConnell (Capistrano, Calif./Capistrano Valley) pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Hoyas will open the BIG EAST season this weekend when they host the Connecticut Huskies at Shirley Povich Field.