Christian Venditti's Walk-Off Single Lifts Hoyas Over Princeton, 3-2 in 12 Innings
March 17, 2013
BETHESDA, Md. - Junior rightfielder Christian Venditti (Newtownville, Mass./St. John's/Phillips Andover) lined a single into left field to drive in Danny Poplawski for the game-winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning, as the Georgetown University baseball team (12-6) came back for a 3-2 win over Princeton to sweep the three-game weekend series at Shirley Povich Field.
Senior 3B Trevor Matern's (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning tied the score at two runs, as the Hoyas bullpen shut down the Tigers, with Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) and Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) combined to toss 5.0 scoreless innings. Steinman (1-2) went on to earn his first victory of the season, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four.
Venditti went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Hoyas offense. Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) went 2-for-5 for the Hoyas.
Princeton struck first, after Danny Hoy drew a one-out walk, then Steve Harrington lined a base hit to left field to drive in the run, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
The Hoyas tied the score in the bottom of the second inning, as Nick Collins drew a two-out walk and scored from first base on Christian Venditti's double off the left field fence, making the game 1-1.
The Tigers threatened in the bottom of the third inning, with back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Starter Matt Hollenback would walk the bases loaded before working his way out of the jam to hold Princeton scoreless, keeping the game tied at one run apiece.
Princeton took the lead in the top of the seventh inning when Nate Baird scored from third base on Peter Owens infield single, making the score 2-1.
Ryan Busch led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, then to third on Eric Webber's sacrifice bunt, before scoring on a sacrifice fly from Matern to tie the score, 2-2. Princeton starter Mike Ford shut down the Hoyas in the ninth inning and reliever Danny Thomson held them scoreless through two innings to take the game into the 12th inning.
The Hoyas offense came to life in the bottom of the 12th inning, as Poplawski and Nick Collins drew consecutive walks to lead-off the inning. Venditti followed, lining a single over the third baseman's head, allowing Poplawski to score from second base for the walk-off victory, the Hoyas second walk-off win in three days.
Georgetown returns to action on Tuesday, March 19 when they travel up the road from campus to take on George Washington University, with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.