March 13, 2013
Bethesda, Md. - Georgetown scored five runs in the first two innings and saw its lead shrink to one run before pulling away for a 7-4 win over the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Wednesday afternoon.
It was the sixth win in the last nine games for the Hoyas, who improve to 9-6 overall.
Georgetown jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first two innings, but UMBC climbed back into it with four runs in the sixth inning off freshman starter Matt Smith (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley).
The Hoyas responded in the bottom of the inning, with singles from junior Justin Abbott (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) and freshman shortstop Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) putting runners on first and second to start their half of the sixth. Freshman catcher Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) grounded into a double play, but Abbott moved to third on the play and scored on a wild pitch as GU pushed the lead to 6-4.
The Hoyas added another run in the eighth inning, extending their lead to 7-4. Freshman Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) hit a leadoff single and freshman pinch-runner Evan Ryan (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) came in for him. After a sacrifice from senior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) and a wild pitch moved him to third, Ryan scored on a single from junior right fielder Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's).
Senior right-hander Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) loaded the bases in the ninth inning with two out, but struck out the final batter for the save.
By that point, however, the Hoyas had jumped out to a 5-0 lead. In the first, singles senior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) and senior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) put two runners on. Junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) reached on a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners and a single from senior second baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./The Overlake School) pushed the first run across. Collins reached on an error to load the bases and Blakey had the big hit of the inning, a two-run single giving GU a 3-0 lead.
In the second, Pomeroy drew a leadoff walk and Webber singled to put two runners on for senior third baseman Trevor Hart (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart), who doubled, making it 4-0. With runners on second and third, hit a sacrifice fly to right, giving the Hoyas a 5-0 lead.
Matern went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to lead the 12-hit Georgetown attack, while Pomeroy went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Eight other players had at least one hit.
Smith went 7.0 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. The freshman, who is now 2-0, had only allowed one hit through five innings before getting into trouble in the sixth.
Senior reliever James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) threw a scoreless eighth inning.
Georgetown is back in action this weekend, hosting Princeton in a three-game series at Shirley Povich Field, beginning on Friday, March 15. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.