March 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) hit a two-run home run and redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) drove in a pair of runs with two doubles as the Georgetown baseball team used a seven-run seventh inning to ease past George Washington, 13-2, on Friday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md.
The Hoyas improved to 11-7 overall with the win, while the Colonials fall to 4-12 overall.
Trailing 1-0 in the sixth inning, the Hoyas took the lead for good when Garza hit a one-out double to left-center, scoring junior centerfielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester), who had hit a leadoff single. Tied at 1-all, Johnson followed with a two-run home run to left, giving GU the lead for good, 3-1.
Georgetown followed that up with a seven-run seventh inning, highlighted by a bases-clearing double from junior Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./The Overlake School), as the lead grew to 10-1.
Junior right-hander Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) made his second career start for the Hoyas, throwing 8.0 innings while allowing only one run on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He retired the Colonials in order three times (the first, third and fourth innings, respectively) before making way for junior James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill), who gave up one run in one inning of work.
The Colonials had taken a 1-0 lead when a leadoff walk and a pair of singles off Dennison brought in a run, but the junior settled down and retired seven-straight batters before giving up a leadoff single in the fifth.
The Hoyas had runners in scoring position in two of the first five innings, but could not get anything across until Garza's double and Johnson's home run in the sixth.
In the seventh, junior Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) reached on an error with one out and senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) singled before a single from Leeson drove in one run. With runners on second and third, a ground out from senior Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) drove in Lentz. Garza was intentionally walked to load the bases for Johnson, who singled up the middle to drive in another run, pushing the lead to 6-1. Poplawski followed with a double to right-center, clearing the bases and making it 9-1. Jim Laufer (Fairhaven, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) drove in the final run of the inning with a single to left.
A triple from Ravnaas in the eighth drove in Leeson, who had hit a leadoff single, and another hit from Garza drove in another run, making it 12-1.
The three-game series continues on Saturday, with junior Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) starting for the Hoyas.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.