March 25, 2006
Bethesda, Md. - The Georgetown University baseball split a doubleheader with the visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday at Shirley Povich Field in the first BIG EAST Conference games for both schools. The Hoyas took the first game, 8-3 before dropping the nightcap 12-2. GU now stands at 11-13 overall, 1-1 in BIG EAST action.
In game one, senior Warren Sizemore (Hamilton, Ohio/Ross) improved to 2-1 tossing a season-high eight innings, allowing just four hits and three earned runs while retiring the final six batters he faced.
On offense, the Hoyas matched their season-high with 15 hits, a feat they accomplished for the second straight game. Ryan Craft (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) collected a season-high four hits to go along with two runs scored and two RBI. Mark McLaughlin (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle), Matthew Bouchard (E. Greenwich, R.I./Bishop Hendricken), Drew Dargen (Edmund, Okla./Edmund North) and Matthew Maranges (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) all posted two hits apiece.
The top of the Hoya lineup of McLaughlin, Bouchard, Timmy Jones (Ledgewood, N.J./Morristown) and Dargen combined for seven hits with five runs scored.
In the opener, the Irish got on the board with two runs in the first inning. ND put runners on second and third with one out before Sean Gaston had a RBI groundout and Matt Bransfield ripped a RBI double.
Georgetown immediately answered with two runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game, 2-2. McLaughlin led off with a double to deep left centerfield. Matthew Bouchard followed with a RBI double. After an out, Dargen singled to right centerfield before Craft collected a RBI single up the middle to plate Bouchard.
In the third, Georgetown took a 4-2 lead when Maranges collected a two-out, 2-RBI double to right centerfield to score Craft, who singled and Brandon Davis (Poway, Calif./The Bishop's School), who walked. Notre Dame sliced the Hoya lead to 4-3 in the visiting fourth when Greg Lopez singled home Alex Nettey with two outs.
The game went scoreless for the next three innings when the Hoyas earned themselves some breathing room with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Georgetown took an 8-3 advantage, sending ten batters to the plate after the seventh inning stretch. Six of the first seven Hoyas who batted in the frame singled with RBI hits coming from Dargen, Craft and Maranges while Matthew Harrigan (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Bros. Acad.) recorded a RBI groundout.
Notre Dame pushed across a run in both the first and second innings before scoring a total of 10 ten runs from the fourth through the sixth frames. Georgetown was held to two hits over the first six innings.
Georgetown starter Darren Sizemore (Hamilton, Ohio/Ross) was dealt his second loss of the season (3-2) allowing seven earned runs in four innings of work.
Hoya reliever Kevin Lundquist (Oley, Pa./The Hill School) did not allow an earned run and fanned two batters in two innings.
The teams will hit the diamond for the rubber game of the three-game set on Sunday, March 26 in a game that begins at noon.