Alex Baker pitches 7.0 strong innings to earn the victory against George Washington.
March 15, 2011
BETHESDA, Md. - The Georgetown University baseball team (11-7) used a four-run third inning and a strong outing from freshman starting pitcher Alex Baker (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) to defeat the George Washington Colonials (5-10) 10-4 on Tuesday afternoon in the Hoyas home-opener at Shirley Povich Field.
Baker made the longest appearance of his college career, going 7.0 innings, while allowing just two runs on five hits and striking out three to earn his third victory of the season. Billy Cosmopulos pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two for GU.
The top of the Hoyas' order did damage against the Colonials pitching staff, as lead-off hitter Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) went 2-for-4 scoring three times and driving in two with his first home run of the season. Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBI's and Paul Bello (Towaco, N.J./Delbarton) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
The Hoyas started quickly, as Leeson led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, then scored on Garza's double to give the Hoyas a 1-0 lead. Georgetown exploded in the third inning, as Garza again drove in a run, this time on a single. Bello doubled down the left field line to drive in another, before Dan Capeless' doubled over the head of the leftfielder to score two more runs, giving GU a 5-0 lead.
GW got on the board for the first time in the top of the sixth inning when Stephen Oswald doubled to drive in two runs, cutting the Hoyas lead to three, 5-2.
The Blue & Gray answered in the bottom of the inning. After Dan Godefroi reached base on an error, Leeson hit his first home run of the season over the left field fence. Sean Lamont later singled to drive in another Georgetown run, putting the Hoyas in front 8-2.
In the bottom of the seventh inning GU tacked two more runs to their lead, as Steve Anderson scored on a wild pitch and Andy Lentz singled to right field to let Kevin Johnson score, giving GU a 10-4 lead.
The Colonials' Brandon Kelliher hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning, but it would be the last bit of offense GW could manage, as the Hoyas did not allow a run in the ninth inning to seal a 10-4 victory.
Georgetown continues its homestand, as they host Princeton for a three-game weekend series beginning on Friday, March 18 at 3 p.m. The Hoyas and Tigers will also meet on Saturday at 1 p.m. before concluding the series on Sunday at noon.
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