Georgetown Baseball Falls to George Washington in 14 Innings
March 18, 2012
BETHESDA, Md. - The Georgetown baseball team (11-9) could not duplicate the magic late inning magic that originally sent the game to extra innings, falling to George Washington (6-12), 8-6 after the Colonials scored two runs in the top of the 14th, to drop two of three games during the weekend series at Shirley Povich Field.
The Hoyas put two runners on base, bringing the winning run to the plate in the bottom of the 14th inning, but GW reliever Justin Albright got the last out to seal a victory in 7.2 innings of relief.
Shortstop Mike Garza went 3-for-4 with two walks on the day, scoring the Hoyas game-tying run in the ninth, while Steve Anderson went 2-for-5 with his third home run of the season in the loss. Reliever Charles Steinman took the loss, allowing two runs in 5.0 innings of relief. Steinman had retired GW in order through his first four innings. Pablo Vinent also tossed 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four in relief, to help GU stay in the game.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Hoyas trailed by two runs, 6-4 and were down to their final out when senior catcher Kevin Johnson delivered a two-run double, driving in Rand Ravnaas and Garza to tie the score at six in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings for the second day in a row. Ravnaas started the two-out rally with a single through the right side, before Garza singled to rightfield to set up Johnson for the equalizing extra base hit.
GU would threaten several times, putting runners on base in the 11th, 12th and 14th innings, they were unable to plate the game-winner against the Colonials.
GU opened the game quickly, as Justin Leeson drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the first inning, moved to second base on a balk and scored the game's first run when Mike Garza doubled to the fence in right centerfield to take a, 1-0 run.
The Colonials tied the score in the top of the third inning, as Matt Murakami led off the inning with a double and would later score on Albright's infield single. GW plated two more runs, with a Hoyas error playing a part, in the Colonials taking a 3-1 lead.
GW added another run in the top of the fourth inning on Stephen Oswald's RBI double to score Murakami, to take a 4-1 lead.
Steve Anderson answered with a solo home run, just to the right of the batters' eye in right centerfield for his third homer of the season, cutting the Colonials' lead to, 4-2.
The Hoyas further cut into the Colonials lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Lentz drew a lead-off walk and Rand Ravnaas singled to right field. With Garza at the plate, GW caught Ravnaas in a run-down between first and second, but threw the ball away, allowing Ravnaas to get back to first base safely and Lentz to score from third, bringing GU within one run, at 4-3.
GW extended the lead back to three runs, at 6-3 with a two-run sixth inning. The Hoyas again answered in the bottom of the seventh inning after Lentz singled to lead off the inning. Leeson drove in Lentz with a triple off the centerfield wall, but was stranded at third base, as the score remained 6-4 after seven innings.
Johnson tied the game with a double in the bottom of the ninth, after Ravnaas and Garza had consecutive two-out singles to keep the Hoyas alive.
GU would threaten again in the bottom of the 11th, loading the bases with two outs, but Albright was able to get a groundout to end the inning, stranding three runners to send the game to the 12th.
In the top of the 12th inning, GW catcher Jimmy Best launched the ball of the fence in right centerfield, but was thrown out trying to stretch for a double, as Leeson made a perfect throw to Garza to cut him down at second base. For the Hoyas, the extra inning base-runners would not help, as GW plated two runs in the top of the 14th inning, while the Hoyas were not able to respond in an 8-6 loss.
The Hoyas return to action on Tuesday when they head to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason University at 3 p.m. The Hoyas begin BIG EAST Conference play when they travel to Tampa, Fla. to begin a three-game series with USF on Friday night.