March 29, 2009
Flushing, N.Y. - In front of the seventh-largest crowd to ever watch a NCAA baseball game, the Georgetown Hoyas defeated the St. John's Red Storm on Sunday afternoon, 6-4. Tim Adleman kept the Red Storm in check over eight innings to earn the win and the first six Hoya batters all scored runs during the first game at the new Citi Field.
Georgetown collected a number of firsts at the brand new ballpark. Adleman threw the first pitch, Tom Elliott collected the first hit, Dan Capeless had the first double and Greg Pustizzi had the first RBI as GU jumped ahead, 1-0.
Trailing 3-1, Sean Lamont crushed the first home run over the left-field porch. The solo shot caromed off a row of seats and back into play, but was quickly signaled as a home run by the third-base umpire.
The Blue & Gray still trailed 4-2 entering the seventh frame but a STJ pitching change helped ignite the offense. Tommy Lee started with a double to left-center and Elliott singled to right field. A wild pitch allowed Elliott to take second before Erick Fernandez tied the game with a two-run single through the left side.
With the game knotted, 4-4, Sean Baumann singled to left field. On the week, the senior hit .579 in five games and during the series, he went 7-for-11 (.636). Lamont hit a grounder that was poorly thrown by St. John's shortstop and allowed the Hoyas to load the bases with no one out. Capeless, who homered the day before, came through again with a clutch, bloop single that scored Fernandez for a 5-4 GU lead. A wild pitch during Dan Godefroi's at-bat scored Baumann with the fourth run of the inning and handed the Hoyas a two-run advantage moving to the eighth.
Adleman scattered four runs over eight innings of work, his longest outing of the season, and continued to get big outs when he needed to for GU. The junior has allowed two earned runs or less in his last three starts. Jack Bender pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the year and has allowed only one hit during his last three relief appearances.
This is the first time Georgetown has been .500 or better in conference after six games since 2005. This was also the first series win against St. John's since 1997.
The Hoyas return to action on Wednesday afternoon at George Mason.