Late Rally Hampers Hoyas in 5-3 Loss to Cincinnati at Shirley Povich Field
April 2, 2011
BETHESDA, Md. - Backed by the strength of three solo home runs, Georgetown led through seven innings, but for the second-straight game, Cincinnati scored runs in their last at-bats as the Hoyas lost to the Bearcats, 5-3, in the sandwich game of a BIG EAST Conference series at Shirley Povich Field.
The loss was the second-straight and drops Georgetown's record to 17-11 overall and 1-4 in the BIG EAST, while Cincinnati improves to 12-12 overall and 2-3 in the league. The four league losses for the Hoyas have been by a combined total of six runs, two by one run and two by two runs.
Sophomore starter Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade), who took a no-decision, left after seven strong innings, allowing only one unearned run on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
In the top of the eighth, junior reliever Billy Cosmopulos (Seekonk, Mass./Moses Brown) gave up a leadoff single to Jake Proctor and a double to right-center from Justin Glass cut the lead to 3-2. Cincinnati designated hitter Braden Kline hit the first pitch of the next at-bat over the fence in left, giving the Bearcats a 4-3 lead.
A pop out was sandwiched in between singles from Jake Saylor and Sam Vandenheuvel to put runners on the corners and Georgetown turned the ball over to sophomore southpaw Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean), who gave up a single to pinch-hitter Justin Riddell, allowing Saylor to score. A fielding error put runners on second and third and the Hoyas avoided further damage when a fly out to center field resulted in a double play as sophomore center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) made a perfect relay throw to home, tagging out Vandenheuvel on the play. It was the third outfield assist for Leeson in two games this weekend.
The Hoyas had runners on base in the final two innings, but could not get a run across. In the eighth, junior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) reached on a leadoff walk but was stranded. In the ninth, junior when junior pinch-hitter Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) was issued a one-out walk by reliever Matt Ring, who threw three scoreless innings for the win, but he struck out the final two batters of the game to give the Bearcats the win.
The Hoyas had jumped out to a 2-0 lead after three innings, with leadoff home runs in the second and third, respectively, from senior catcher Erick Fernandez (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) and senior left fielder Dan Godefroi (Andover, Mass./Andover) giving GU the advantage.
Cincinnati cut into the lead with a run in the fifth inning. After a leadoff walk to Matt Williams, Steinman induced a double play ball that was turned by sophomore shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) and Lentz. A two-out walk to Nic Spence extended the inning and TJ Jones reached on a fielder's choice, a throwing error from Garza pulling Lentz off the bag at second and putting runners on first and second. After Chris Peters was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Proctor drove in Spence with a single to center, but Leeson's throw from center was on target and Jones was thrown at home as GU preserved its lead.
The Bearcats put two runners on base with two out in the sixth, but Steinman retired the final batter and the Hoyas pushed the lead to 3-1 when Leeson hit a solo home run to left. Junior right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) hit a one-out single, stole second and was on third with two outs after a wild pitch, but GU could not add another run.
Georgetown finished with three runs on six hits, with Godefroi pacing the offense with a 2-for-3 performance.
The series finale will be played on Sunday, April 3, with first pitch at Shirley Povich Field slated for 1 p.m. Junior right-hander Will Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep), who is 1-1 with a 3.60 earned run average, will take the hill for the Hoyas.