March 15, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown baseball jumped out to a 7-1 lead early in the game thanks for a five-run third inning, but Mount St. Mary's clawed its way back in, taking advantage of four errors, and Tom Healy hit a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth as the Mountaineers came from behind for a 10-9 win over the Hoyas on Wednesday afternoon.
It was the second-straight loss for the Hoyas, who fall to 10-7 overall, while the Mount improves to 5-9.
Leading 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth inning, junior reliever Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) recorded the first out of the inning, but hit Sam Nott with a 3-2 pitch. Healy then hit an 0-1 pitch over the right field fence to seal the loss.
Georgetown had the bats going early, scoring two runs in the top of the first and adding five more in the top of the third to take a 7-1 lead.
In the first, singles from redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) and senior Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) put runners on the corners and a stolen bases put runners on second and third with one out. A single from senior Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) drove in the first run and a sacrifice fly from sophomore Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) drove in the second run.
The Hoyas added five more runs in the third, taking a 7-1 lead. Georgetown loaded the bases with none out and a single from freshman Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) made it 3-1. With the bases loaded again, senior catcher Nick Geary (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) hit a two-run single up the middle. After junior Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, junior centerfielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) delivered a two-run single through the left side, making it 7-1.
Georgetown freshman starter Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) gave up a run in the first and the Mount pulled to within 7-4 in the bottom of the third on a solo home run from Mark Quaranta and a two-run home run from Josh Winter.
The Hoyas added two more runs in the fifth, pushing their lead to 9-4. Bello was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and a single from Leeson put runners on second and third after each advanced on the throw. Garza followed with a two-run single down the left field line.
Brown threw 6.0 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits before making way for junior James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill), who gave up three runs in the seventh, two of them earned after a pair of errors, making it 9-8
For Georgetown, Anderson went 3-for-4 at the plate while Leeson, Garza, Johnson, Danny Poplawski and Geary each had two hits in the loss.
The Hoyas return home this weekend to Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md., playing a three-game series against George Washington. On Friday against GW, junior right-hander Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) will take the hill for the Hoyas. He started and threw 6.0 innings against Yale last weekend, the longest collegiate outing for the reliever-turned-starter. He gave up three runs and scattered 10 hits over those six innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.
Junior Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) will start the game on Saturday. Polus is 1-2 this season with a 7.32 earned run average. Senior right-hander Will Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep), who is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA, is scheduled to start on Sunday.