April 3, 2010
BETHESDA, Md. - Sophomore right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) hit a two-run home run and had three RBI as Georgetown jumped out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 11-7 win over Notre Dame in a BIG EAST Conference baseball game at Shirley Povich Field.
It was the second win in three games against Notre Dame, giving the Hoyas the series win, the first in program history against the Fighting Irish. The win improved Georgetown to 14-12 overall and 2-4 in the BIG EAST, while Notre Dame falls to 9-17 and 1-5 in league play.
Ravnaas finished the day 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an RBI double, scored two runs and drove in three. He finished the weekend batting .462 with two doubles, three home runs and six RBI, 17 total bases and 1.308 slugging percentage.
Senior center fielder Tommy Lee (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) led a 12-hit attack for the Hoyas, going 4-for-4 with a double, three singles, three runs scored and two RBI, while senior shortstop Tommy Elliott (Blue Bell, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) went 3-for-4 with three singles and two runs scored and Junior first baseman Dan Capeless (Centerville, Mass./Boston College HS) went 2-for-5 with two singles and an RBI.
The Hoyas wasted little time in getting on the board, scoring two runs before an out was recorded in the first. Lee hit a leadoff double and moved to third on a fielding error and scored when Ravnaas hit a double to right-center. After ND starter Eric Maust walked senior left fielder Billy Cupelo (Franklin, Mass./Bishop Feehan), Ravnaas attempted to steal third, but a fielding error allowed him to come in with the second run. Cupelo moved to third on the play and then scored on a ground out from junior catcher Erick Fernandez (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah).
In the second, senior second baseman Chip Malt (Boston, Mass./Buckingham, Browne & Nichols).walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a single from Elliott. Malt scored on a wild pitch, making it 4-0, and Lee drove a single to right, bringing home Elliott and pushing the lead to 5-0. Ryan Richter came on in relief of Maust and, after a failed pickoff allowed Lee to move to third, Ravnaas drove a ball to center, giving the Hoyas a 7-0 lead with his eighth home run of the season.
Georgetown sophomore starter Will Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep), meanwhile, was solid throughout. He gave up a leadoff single to Ryan Connolly in the first, but retired the next three batters. After giving up a one-out double to Adam Norton in the second, he got out of the inning with a strikeout and a ground ball.
Following a long bottom of the second inning, Harris put the first four Notre Dame batters on base, but he escaped with only two runs. Frank Desico hit a two-run single to make it 7-2 and runners were on second and third with none out after a double from David Mills. Harris, however, struck out Bill Warrender, then induced an infield fly and a fly out to get out of the jam.
The Hoya offense, meanwhile, continued to help him out. In the bottom of the third, Lee hit a single to center, scoring Malt, who walked and moved to third on a single from Elliott, The Hoyas lead 8-3 in the sixth and added another run when Lee hit a leadoff single, moved to second when Ravnaas was hit by a pitch and came in on a throwing error from Richter.
Harris excited the game in the seventh after giving up a three-run home run to Notre Dame shortstop Mick Doyle, pulling the Irish to within 9-7.
Georgetown again responded, with junior designated hitter Dan Godefroi (Andover, Mass./Andover) hitting a towering home run to right in the seventh, making it 10-7. In the eighth, runners were on the corners with two out when Capeless came through with a clutch single through the right side, delivering home Elliott, who had hit a leadoff single.
Freshman reliever Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) came on in relief of Harris in the seventh and put the first two batters on base after a double from Norton and hitting Casey Martin, but he retired the next two batters to get out of the jam. Dennison followed that up with a 1-2-3 eighth inning before handing the ball over to junior Pablo Vinent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit). Vinent retired the side in order in the ninth, sealing the 11-7 win and the series.
Harris picked up the win, improving to 3-2 this season after he went 6.1 innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Dennison threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief and Vinent struck out one in his one inning of work.
Georgetown is back in action on Tuesday, April 6, hosting UMBC at Shirley Povich Field. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.