Hoyas Hold On, Defeat Preseason BIG EAST Favorite Louisville, 5-4
March 21, 2009
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University baseball team knocked off Louisville on Saturday afternoon, 5-4. The Hoyas took the lead with four runs during the sixth inning, and held off numerous Cardinal rallies. The win is the first against U of L since April 7, 2006 and snaps a six-game losing streak to their conference foe.
Louisville scored the first run of the game and sophomore Thomas Royse had faced the minimum number of batters through three innings, but Georgetown knotted the game in the fourth. Tommy Lee walked and moved to third after a groundout and a balk. Erick Fernandez plated the centerfielder with a RBI groundout to make the score, 1-1.
GU went ahead in the sixth with a four-run burst that started with small-ball. Andy Lentz reached on a bunt single to third and Kelly Muir bunted the ball back to the mound. The subsequent throw was errant and both runners were safe on the play. With first and second occupied, another bunt pushed Lentz to third despite an out being recorded. Dan Capeless drew a walk to load the bases and Fernandez picked up his second RBI of the day on a single.
Leading 2-1 with two outs, a wild pitch scored Lee from third and Dan Godefroi hit a clutch two-run double to right for some breathing room. Georgetown had 12 outs to protect a 5-1 lead.
Louisville got a run back in the bottom of the inning, but starter Will Harris induced three-consecutive pop-ups to end the threat. During the seventh, Louisville had a runner on third with one out. Harris struck out centerfielder Drew Haynes and then got lead-off hitter John Dao to ground out.
The Cardinals cut it to 5-3 in the bottom of the eighth and had runners on the corner with one out when Head Coach Pete Wilk went to the bullpen and brought in Jimmy Saris. Saris got out of the jam by inducing an inning-ending, 6-4-3 double play. During the ninth, U of L sliced the lead to 5-4 with two outs, but a fly out ended the game in favor of the Blue & Gray.
Harris got the win with 7 1/3 innings pitched, two earned runs on eight hits and four strikeouts. Saris earned his first collegiate save by recording the final five outs. Georgetown scored five runs on the day despite picking up only four hits.
The rubber match between these two teams will be tomorrow at noon from Jim Patterson Stadium.