April 4, 2012
Bethesda, Md. - Senior right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) had three hits, including a two-run double in the sixth inning, and seven Georgetown pitchers combined to hold UMBC to six hits as the Hoyas beat the Retrievers, 7-1, in a non-league baseball game at Shirley Povich Field Tuesday afternoon.
It was the third win in the last four games for the Hoyas, who improve to 14-15 overall, while UMBC falls to 7-17 overall.
Freshman pitcher Max Allen (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) picked up the win for the Hoyas, throwing two scoreless innings - the fourth and the fifth - while allowing only one hit, with one walk and one strikeout.
The Hoyas held a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning when they scored three runs to open the game up. Junior left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) hit a leadoff single, moved to second on an error and runners were on the corners after a bunt single from senior catcher Nick Geary (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades). A sacrifice fly from senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) brought Bello home to make it 4-0. After junior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) reached on a fielder's choice, junior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) singled to put two runners on and Ravnaas belted a two-run double to left, scoring both runners and making it 6-0.
The lead grew to 7-0 in the seventh when junior Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./Overlake) reached on an error and moved to second when Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) walked. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from senior Jim Laufer (Fairhaven, N.J./CBA) brought in Poplawski.
Senior pitcher Tommy Isaacs (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla./Bolles) started and went 2.0 innings, allowing one hit with two walks, while junior Billy Cosmopulos (Seekonk, Mass./Moses Brown [R.I.]) threw a scoreless third inning, allowing one hit and walking one.
After putting runners in scoring position in the first three innings, the Hoyas finally broke through in the fourth inning. Sophomore Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's) drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt, to third on a balk and scored when Lentz doubled.
In the fifth, Georgetown had runners on the corners after Matern singled, moved to second on an error, to third on a passed ball and a walk to Ravnaas. A balk brought home Matern to make it 2-0. Ravnaas, who moved to second on the balk, stole third and scored when Poplawski hit a sacrifice fly to center.
Sophomore Alex Baker (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell), freshman Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and junior Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) each threw scoreless innings, while senior Pablo Vinent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) gave up a run in the eighth.
Ravnaas went 3-for-4 with one run and two RBI, leading a 13-hit attack. Matern went 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored, while Geary was 2-for-2 and five other players had one hit.
Georgetown is back in action on Thursday, April 5 at 3 p.m., hosting BIG EAST rival Louisville at Shirley Povich Field in the first game of a three-game series. Live video of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Tim Murray calling all of the action.