Six-Run Third Inning Leads Georgetown Past George Washington, 10-4
March 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown scored six runs in the third inning and freshman pitcher Matt Smith (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) gave up two earned runs in six innings as the Hoyas posted a 10-4 win over George Washington at Bancroft Park in Arlington, Va. Tuesday afternoon.
It was the sixth-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 13-6 overall, while the Colonials fall to 4-15.
Smith scattered four runs, two of them earned, on six hits over six innings with one walk and two strikeouts as he improved to 2-0 this season. He was relieved by senior James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill), who threw three scoreless innings and struck out two batters for the save.
The Hoyas jumped out to an early lead with a pair of runs in the first. Senior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) hit an RBI single to left, scoring senior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart), who had hit a one-out double to right. After Leeson stole second, senior second baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./The Overlake School) singled to right, pushing the second round in.
George Washington scored a run in the second to cut the lead to 2-1, but the Hoyas took advantage of three errors in the top of the third and scored six times to take an 8-1 lead. Freshman catcher Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) hit a leadoff single and moved to third when Leeson reached on an error. Poplawski reached on an error, driving in Webber, and putting runners on the corners, but Leeson stole home to push the lead to 4-1.
Junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) walked and junior right fielder Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's) reached on an error, scoring Poplawski to make it 5-1. A single from freshman Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) brought Anderson home and sophomore shortstop Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) hit a double to drive in two more runs and push the lead to 8-1.
After giving up two runs in the fourth, the Hoyas took advantage of a pair of errors in the fifth to make it 9-3. Collins reached on a one-out error and scored when Busch did so on another error.
In the seventh, Collins hit a one-out double to left, bringing home Anderson, who had drawn a leadoff walk.
Collins finished the day batting 3-for-5, with a double, two singles, two runs scored and two RBI. Seven different Georgetown players had at least one hit, eight players reached base and seven players scored at least one run.
The Hoyas play another non-league game on Wednesday, March 20 at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md., with first pitch at 3 p.m. The Hoyas open BIG EAST Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Connecticut. The first game of the series is slated for Friday, March 22, with first pitch at J.O. Christian Field slated for 3 p.m.