March 21, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown scored five runs in the top of the second inning to take an early 5-0 lead, but George Mason took advantage of three errors and scored six unearned runs over the first four innings en route to a 12-8 win over the Hoyas on Tuesday afternoon at Spuhler Field in Fairfax, Va.
It was the third-straight loss for the Hoyas, and the fifth in the last six games, as the team falls to 11-10 overall. George Mason improves to 12-9.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning, thanks to a two-run double from senior Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) and a two-run home run from redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur).
Sophomore starter Alex Baker (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) gave up two runs in two unearned runs in the third and the Patriots added five more runs, four of them unearned, in the fourth to take the lead for good, 7-5. George Mason extended its lead to 9-5 in the fifth with a pair of runs off freshman Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca).
Baker took the loss for the Hoyas, throwing 3.2 innings and giving up seven runs (one earned) on five hits, with three walks and one strikeout.
Georgetown had two runners on base with two out in the first, but could not take the early lead. The bats continued to hit in the second as sophomore Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's Country Day) drew a one-out walk, moved to second on an error, to third on a wild pitch and scored when senior Nick Geary (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) grounded out. With two out, senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) walked and junior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) singled before Ravnaas hit a double to right-center, scoring both runners and making it 3-0. Garza followed with a two-run home run to left, giving the Hoyas a 5-0 lead.
The Patriots took the lead for good over the next three innings, scoring nine runs off seven hits, three walks and two errors to take a 9-5 lead.
The Hoyas pulled to within 9-8 after a three-run seventh inning. Singles from Ravnaas, senior Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) and sophomore Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland loaded the bases for junior Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./The Overlake School), who laced a double down the left-field line, scoring all three runners and narrowing the gap to 9-8.
Georgetown had a chance to tie the game in the top of the eighth with runners on first and second and one out after Lentz was hit by a pitch and Ravnaas singled, but a double play ended the threat.
The Patriots responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning off senior Tommy Isaacs (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla./Bolles), pushing the lead to 12-8.
Ravnaas went 3-for-5 with a double, two singles, two runs and two RBI to lead an 11-hit attack. He was one of four players with at least two hits, joined by Leeson (two singles), Garza (home run, single) and Anderson (double, single).
Georgetown opens BIG EAST play this weekend, traveling to play at South Florida. First pitch on Friday, March 23 is slated for 7 p.m.