March 30, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown sophomore Matt Hollenbeck (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) held South Florida hitless for nearly six full innings and freshman catcher Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) drove in three runs as the Hoyas used a four-run fourth inning to beat the Bulls, 7-2, at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md.
It was the second win in three games against USF as Georgetown improves to 17-9 overall and 3-3 in the BIG EAST, while the Bulls fall to 14-14 and 4-2 in the league. The Hoyas have won 11 of their last 14 games).
Hollenbeck held USF hitless for 5.2 innings, finishing the game by going 6.0 innings and yielding two runs on two hits with five walks and three strikeouts.
He walked the first three batters of the game and a ground out from USF's Jimmy Falla gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead, but Hollenbeck settled down and retired the next two batters. He issues a leadoff walk in the second, but an inning-ending double play was started by sophomore shortstop Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area). He issued a leadoff walk in the third, but picked off USF's Kyle Teaf before retiring the next two batters.
Hollenback retired the side in order in the fourth and USF's Nik Alfonso reached on an error with two out in the fifth. He recorded two more outs in the sixth before a double Falla ended the no-hit bid.
The Hoyas, meanwhile, tied the game at 1-all in the first. Senior third baseman senior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) hit a one-out double down the left field line and scored when Collins singled up the middle. Tied at 1-all in the third, senior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) reached on a bunt single, stole second and scored on a single to left from senior second baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./Overlake)
Georgetown extended its lead to 6-1 in the fourth. Busch reached on a fielder's choice after Bello, who hit a leadoff double, was thrown out at third. Webber singled and Matern was on first on a fielder's choice, with a throwing error allowing Busch to score, making it 3-1. Leeson hit a bunt single to score Webber and push the lead to 4-1. After a wild pitch moved Matern and Leeson to second and third, Collins hit a single to left to bring in both runs and make it 6-1.
The Bulls cut the lead to 6-2 in the sixth, but the Hoyas responded in the bottom of the inning. Poplawski was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on an error and scored when junior right fielder Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's) singled to center.
Senior pitcher Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) retired the side in order in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, and then senior Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) struck out two batters in the ninth to close out the win.
Leeson finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI, while Collins was 2-for-5 with three RBI and Bello finished 2-for-4.
The Hoyas hit the road next weekend for a non-league series at St. Mary's in California. Georgetown plays its first game on the West Coast on Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m. (ET).