Blakey Leads the Way as Never-Say-Die Hoyas Beat Rutgers, 13-12, in 10 Innings
March 31, 2012
Bethesda, Md. - Junior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) hit an RBI single up the middle with two out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Georgetown baseball team came back from a 6-1 deficit, lost leads of 9-6 and 11-8 and trailed 12-11 en route to a 13-12 win over Rutgers in the second game of a three-game series at Shirley Povich Field.
It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 13-14 overall and 2-3 in the BIG EAST, while the Scarlet Knights falls to 12-12 overall and 2-3 in league play.
Georgetown trailed by five runs early, but scored four runs apiece in the fourth and fifth - with Blakey driving in three runs - to take the lead. Two runs in the seventh - one on a sacrifice fly from senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) and the other on a single from junior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) - pushed the lead to 11-8.
Senior reliever Pablo Vinent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit), who came on in the seventh inning, gave up two runs in the eight before handing the game to junior pitcher Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) with GU leading 11-10. Steinman gave up a leadoff single in the ninth to Ross Costello but retied the next two batters. With two out and a man on second, Brian O'Grady hit a double to left, tying the game. The Hoyas went down in order in the ninth and Pat Kivlehan hit a one-out home run to left, giving the Scarlet Knights a 12-11 lead, their first since the fourth inning.
The Hoyas battled back. With one out, junior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) was hit by a pitch and senior Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) drew a walk from RU reliever Charlie Law. Redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) tied the game when his single through the left side brought home Matern. Senior Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) hit a long fly ball to right, moving Ravnaas to third and, who else but Blakey stepped to the plate. He snaked a single up the middle, plating Ravnaas with the winning run as the Hoyas once again came back.
Steinman picked up the win for the Hoyas, throwing 2.0 innings and giving up two runs on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts, improving to 2-2. Blakey led an 11-hit attack, going 4-for-6 with a home run, double, two singles, three runs scored and four RBI, while Garza went 2-for-5 with two singles, one run and one RBI and Lentz went 1-for-3 with three RBI.
Junior left-hander Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) started for Georgetown and went only 3.0 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits, with no walks and one strikeout. The Scarlet Knights jumped on top in the second when Michael Zavala hit a leadoff double and scored when Joe D'Annunzio hit a two-out single up the middle.
The Hoyas tied the game at 1-all in the bottom of the inning when sophomore first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) took a pitch from Rutgers starter Rob Smorol over the left field wall, tying the game.
Rutgers seemed took control in the third, scoring four runs to take a 5-1 lead. Nick Favatella was on first two out when Jeff Melillo hit a double to left. The relay throw from Lentz was on target, but Favatella came in to give RU a 2-1 lead and extend the inning. Pat Kivlehan then hit a two-home run to center, making it 3-1. Mike Zavala reached on an error by Anderson moved to third on a single from Steve Zavala and both runners scored on a double from Bill Hoermann.
That was it for Polus, who made way for freshman Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca). Brown walked the first two batters he saw in the third and had a run come in on a ground out, extending the RU lead to 6-1.
The Hoyas, however, battled back, scoring four times in the fourth to pull within a run and four more times in the fifth to take a 9-6 lead. Georgetown wasted no time as Johnson drew a leadoff walk from Smorol and Blakey cut the lead to 6-3 with a two-run blast to left. Anderson and junior Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) drew walks and after a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up from Lentz, Matern hit a single up the middle, scoring both runners and making it 6-5.
In the fifth, it was Blakey Time again. After a leadoff single from Garza and a walk to Johnson, Blakey blasted a ball to the wall in left-center, scoring Garza to tie the game. After Anderson was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Bello hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Johnson and giving the Hoyas a 7-6 lead. A double steal moved the runners to second and third before a single from Lentz scored both and gave the Hoyas a 9-6 lead.
Brown retired the side in order in the fifth and ran into trouble in the sixth after a leadoff walk and a single put runners on base. He retired the next two batters before giving the ball to Vinent, who allowed a run to score on a wild pitch , making it 9-7, but got the final out to preserve the lead.
Leading 9-8 in the bottom of the seventh, runners were on second and third with one out after Blakey hit a leadoff single and Anderson was hit by a pitch and a sacrifice bunt from Bello moved them up. Lentz delivered a sacrifice fly to right and Leeson singled to center pushing the lead to 11-8.
The series concludes on Sunday, April 1, with first pitch at Shirley Povich Field slated for 1 p.m. Live video of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Tim Murray calling all of the action. Junior Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar), who is 2-1 with a 4.70 earned run average, will start on Sunday.