March 17, 2009
Washington, D.C - The Georgetown University baseball team won their 2009 home opener in thrilling fashion this afternoon against Navy at Shirley Povich Field, 3-2 in 10 innings. A walk-off single from senior right fielder Kelly Muir scored classmate Sean Baumann from second. Baumann had led-off the inning with a pinch-hit double down the left-field line. GU has now won four straight at home against the U.S. Naval Academy.
With the game tied, 2-2 in the 10th, Baumann led-off with a double and Navy intentionally walked Sean Lamont. After Dan Capeless lined out to center, Muir hit a deep fly ball to straight-away center that ticked off the glove of the Penn fielder and brought the Hoyas flying out of the dugout in jubilation.
Alex Meyer held Navy hitless through the first three innings, and had faced the minimum number of batters through four. However, he ran into trouble during the fifth when he allowed the first two runs of the game. The junior left-hander, who exited with an injury while facing the first batter of the sixth inning, allowed only two hits and struck out four batters.
His replacement, Jack Bender, was terrific in relief scattering only three hits over 4 2/3 innings for the Hoyas. Upon Bender's entrance into the game, Navy did not get a batter to second until the ninth. The GU hurler was also helped by a nice defensive play from Lamont in the 10th. The sophomore third baseman beat a Navy runner to the bag for a force out and Bender induced a double play to get out of the inning.
Navy went ahead 2-0 in the fifth, but Georgetown evened things in the sixth. Dan Godefroi led-off with a single and Lamont followed with a double. With one out, Muir, who knocked in all three Hoya runs, knocked a single up the middle to score both runners.
GU had a chance to put runs on the board early when Andy Lentz and Godefroi drew consecutive walks with one out in the first. However, however two ground outs ended the inning. In the eighth, the Hoyas had the bases loaded with one out, but an infield pop-up and groundout quelled the threat.
The Hoyas host George Washington tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. from Shirley Povich Field.