March 22, 2013
WASHINGTON - Redshirt junior Jack Vander Linden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal) threw five shutout innings and sophomore shortstop Ryan Busch (Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two as the Georgetown baseball team won its eighth-straight game with a 5-2 victory over Connecticut in the BIG EAST Conference opener at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md. Friday afternoon.
The three-game series with the Huskies was originally scheduled for Storrs, Conn., but inclement weather in the area forced the series to be moved to Georgetown.
The Hoyas have won eight-straight games, the longest win streak under Head Coach Pete Wilk, and improve to 15-6 overall and 1-0 in the BIG EAST, while the Huskies fall to 11-7 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Vander Linden went five innings and did not give up a run, while allowing six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts as he improved to 2-0 this season.
The Georgetown bullpen did a solid job with three pitchers - senior James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill, senior Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas, Lamar) and senior Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) - combining to throw four innings while allowing only two runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Heine gave up two runs in 1.2 innings, but Dennison threw 1.1 scoreless innings and then Steinman closed out the game for his second save of the season.
Busch went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, single, three runs scored and two RBI. He scored the first run of the game in the third inning, hitting a one-out double, stealing third and coming home when senior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) hit an RBI single to left.
Georgetown loaded the bases in the fourth when junior right fielder Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's) reached on a single, senior second baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./Overlake) reached on a fielder's choice and junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) singled. A double play pushed Venditti in and made it 2-0 and Busch followed with a two-run home run to left, giving GU a 4-0 lead.
The Hoyas pushed the lead to 5-0 in the sixth when Busch hit a two-out bunt single, stole second and scored on a single from freshman designated hitter Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's).
UConn scored a pair of runs in the seventh, but Dennison and Steinman closed out the final two innings.
The series continues on Saturday, March 23, with Georgetown and Connecticut playing at 1 p.m.