Georgetown Baseball Takes Rubber Match Versus BIG EAST Opponent Cincinnati, 6-5
April 1, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University baseball team took the final game of a three-game series with BIG EAST opponent Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field, 6-5. Junior Matt Harrigan (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) delivered a two-out RBI single through the right side that gave the Hoyas a series win in their BIG EAST home opener.
After Cincinnati rallied with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to tie the game, 5-5, senior Derek deGrijs (Nashville, Tenn./Goodpasture) was plunked by Cincinnati reliever Jake Geglein and moved to second on a ground out by junior Matthew Bouchard (East Greenwich, R.I./Bishop Hendricken). Geglein then intentionally walked senior Brandon Davis (Poway Calif./The Bishop's School). Junior Matt Iannetta (Providence, R.I./St. Raphael Academy) would then fly out to right field which allowed deGrijs to move up to third for Harrigan's at-bat. Harrigan then picked up his first hit of the game when he drove a single to right field to win the game and initiate a celebration from the Georgetown dugout.
Jimmy Saris (Great Falls, Va./Langley) struck out 11 Cincinnati batters, his second double-digit strikeout game of the season, and first since he set the school-record of 13 back on March 11 of this season. Junior Daniel Kennedy (West Orange, N.J./Regis) came on in relief and won his second game of the season
Georgetown trailed 3-2 in the seventh inning when senior Mark McLaughlin (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle) singled to right and deGrijs doubled to center off of Cincinnati reliever Adam Calez. With two Hoya runners in scoring position to start the inning, this prompted a pitching change. Cincinnati's Evan Sanford then walked Bouchard before Davis delivered a game-tying sacrifice fly to left. With only one out, GU still had runners on the corners until a wild pitch moved Bouchard up to second. The big hit was due to come for Georgetown, and it appeared when Iannetta laced a single up the middle that plated two runs and made the score, 5-3, in favor of the Blue and Gray.
Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, sophomore Kelly Muir (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) reached on an error by Cincinnati third baseman Josh Harrison. He was then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Derek DiGuglielmo (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Dobbs Ferry). McLaughlin followed that at-bat with a base-hit to right which cut the Cincinnati lead to 3-2, when Muir came home from second. Georgetown had a chance to tie after a deGrijs groundout was taken advantage of by McLaughlin. The GU centerfielder scooted around from first to third on the routine play and stood 90 feet from home with Bouchard striding to the plate. However, a routine fly out to right ended the inning and left GU trailing by a run.
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, the Hoyas tied the score in the bottom half of the frame. With two outs, Bouchard and Davis drew back-to-back walks and posed the first threat of the day for the Hoyas. Iannetta would then tie the game, 1-1, with a run-scoring double to center field.
Georgetown returns to Shirley Povich Field on Tuesday, April 3, when they host the George Mason Patriots in a non-conference game. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.