March 28, 2013
WASHINGTON - Freshman pinch-runner Evan Ryan (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) broke a scoreless by scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 13th inning, lifting the Georgetown baseball team to a 1-0 win over South Florida in the first game of a three-game series at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md.
It was the 10th win in the last 12 games for the Hoyas, who improved to 16-8 overall and 2-2 in the BIG EAST, while the Bulls fall to 13-13 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Georgetown got out of a jam in the top of the 13th when freshman pitcher Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) gave up a single to James Ramsey and walked Zac Gilcrease, but induced a two-out pop up to second from Anthony Diaz with runners on second and third.
In the bottom of the inning, freshman catcher Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) hit a leadoff single up the middle and moved to second on a bunt from senior third baseman senior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart). Ryan came on as a pinch-runner for Webber following an intentional walk to senior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) and after a pop out from junior right fielder Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's), freshman Curtiss Pomeroy () induced a walk to load the bases. Ryan scampered home on a pitch from USF's Nolan Thomas to score the decisive run.
Davis picked up the win for the Hoyas, throwing 3.2 innings of strong relief, allowing only one hit and walking two batters. Janick Serrallonga took the loss for USF, allowing one run on one hit with one walk and two strikeouts in 1.1 innings.
The teams had battled back and forth through the opening innings, with Hoya redshirt sophomore starter Jack VanderLinden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal) throwing seven strong innings while allowing only three hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
The Bulls put runners in scoring position against VanderLinden only twice, in the first and second inning. In the first, he walked two batters but struck out the final batter of the inning to get out of the jam. In the second, he gave up a leadoff double to Luke Maglich and walked Nik Alfonso with two out, but induced a ground ball to second to get out. VanderLinden was also helped by Webber, who threw out two runners stealing bases.
VanderLinden retired nine of 10 batters through the seventh inning before making way for senior Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar). Dennison threw the eighth and ninth innings, allowing two hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Senior Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) pitched one third of an inning and left with the bases loaded for Davis, but he induced a ground ball to Matern at third base on the first pitch he threw and the inning quickly ended with a double play.
The Hoyas had chances, putting a runner in scoring position in the first, third, fourth and seventh innings, but could not get one across the plate against USF starter Jimmy Herget, who went 8.0 innings and allowed three hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Georgetown's best chance came in the 10th with runners on first and second and one out, but Chad Taylor retired the final two batters to end the threat before the Hoyas walked off with the win in the 13th inning.
The series continues on Friday, March 29, with first pitch slated for 4 p.m. The Hoyas wrap up their series on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. Live statistics for the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website, www.guhoyas.com, along with a live audio broadcast of the game, with Tim Shovers calling all of the play-by-play. Senior left-hander Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean), who is expected to start the second game this weekend, threw six innings and gave up four runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in the 6-0 loss last Saturday.