March 29, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown scored four times in the eighth inning to tie the and scored again in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings, but South Florida scored four times in the top of the 10th inning en route to a 10-6 win over the Hoyas at Shirley Povich Field on Friday afternoon. The loss drops Georgetown's record to 16-9 overall and 2-3 in the BIG EAST, while the Bulls improve to 14-13 overall and 4-1 in league play.
Senior reliever James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) took the loss for the Hoyas, throwing 1.2 innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits with one strikeout.
Heine gave up a leadoff bunt single in the 10th to Anthony Diaz and after a wild pitch, a bunt from Blake Sydeski moved him to third. A single from Zac Gilcrease put runners on first and second, but Kyle Teaf reached on a fielder's choice and a fielding error by senior second baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./Overlake) allowed a run to score, making it 8-6. Alex Mendez followed with another single, bringing in two runners after Mendez got caught stretching his hit to a double. Georgetown had a runner on base in the bottom of the inning but USF reliever Lawrence Pardo closed out the game.
USF had taken a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth with a run charged to freshman reliever Matt Smith (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley), who threw 4.0 innings of solid relief. Smith had put the first two runners on with singles, but induced a bunt out and kept the Bulls with runners on first and second. Freshman pitcher Gino Basso (Glen Allen, Va./Godwin) gave up a single to load the bases, but Heine was greeted with a sacrifice fly before a strikeout to end the inning.
The Hoyas battled back to tie the game in the ninth, with freshman Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) inducing a leadoff walk, moving to second on a bunt from freshman catcher Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's), to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a single from senior third baseman senior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart). Matern moved to second on a balk, but Pardo retired the final two batters to keep the game tied.
South Florida had taken an early 5-0, scoring three times in the first inning and then two more times in the fourth off senior left-handed starter Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean), who went 4.1 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits with one walk and two strkeouts. Smith was strong in relief, throwing 4.0 innings and giving up one run on four hits.
Trailing 5-0 in the sixth, the Hoyas scored their first run on an RBI single from junior right fielder Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's), plating Webber, who had reached second on an error and moved to third on a ground out.
The Hoyas scored four times in the eighth to tie the game at 5-all. Leeson reached on a fielder's choice and was at third after a double from Venditti. A single from Poplawski brought home both runs and made it 5-3. After a walk to sophomore shortstop Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area), a wild pitch moved up both runners and junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) hit a two-run single to right, tying the game.
The series concludes on Saturday, March 30, with first pitch slated for 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.