Three-Run Sixth Inning Ties Game, but Georgetown Falls to West Virginia, 6-4
April 10, 2011
WASHINGTON - Georgetown scored three runs in the sixth inning to tie the game, but West Virginia responded with two runs in the seventh inning and held off three rallies in the last third of the game as the Hoyas lost to the Mountaineers, 6-4, at Hawley Field on Sunday afternoon.
The loss completed a three-game sweep as Georgetown fell to 18-16 overall and 1-8 in the BIG EAST Conference, while the Mountaineers improved to 20-14 overall and 6-3 in the league.
Tied at 4-all with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, freshman reliever Alex Baker (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) issued a walk to Justin McDavid and Dan DiBartolomeo followed by hitting a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left, giving the Mountaineers the lead, 6-4. Two more runners reached base for the Mountaineers, but sophomore southpaw Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) was able to get the final out.
Georgetown trailed 4-1 after five innings, but rallied to tie the game in the sixth. sophomore center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) hit a one-out single, stole second, moved to third on an error and scored when junior right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) singled to right. Sophomore shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) drove in Ravnaas with a double down the left field line, making it 4-3. Garza, who moved to third on the throw home on his double, scored when senior catcher Erick Fernandez (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) grounded out to second, tying the game.
After tying the game with a three-run sixth, Georgetown had a chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh and then had the tying run at the plate or on base in the final two frames. In the seventh, freshman designated Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) hit a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but the Hoyas could not get him across.
In the eighth, Garza hit a one-out single, and stole second with two outs, but WVU reliever Josh McCauley recorded the final out. In the ninth, Anderson walked with one out and junior catcher Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) singled to right to put the tying run on first, but McCauley induced a foul out to end the game.
West Virginia jumped on top in the first when redshirt junior pitcher Tommy Isaacs (Ponte Vedre Beach, Fla./Bolles) gave up an unearned run after he hit Brady Wilson to lead off the inning. Wilson had moved to second on a single and to third on a throwing error before coming home on a sacrifice fly.
Isaacs gave up three runs on five hits in the fourth inning as the Mountaineers took a 4-1 lead before Baker entered. Baker retired six-straight batters in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, before getting into trouble in the seventh.
Georgetown got on the board in the third when senior outfielder Dan Godefroi (Andover, Mass./Andover) hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a passed ball, to third on a sacrifice bunt from junior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) and scored when Leeson hit a fly ball to right.
Garza finished the day 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, one run scored and one RBI to lead the Hoyas, who scored four runs on nine hits, their most since the first conference game of the season against Notre Dame (11).
Baker finished the day throwing 2.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits with one walk and no strikeouts as he falls to 3-2. Isaacs went 4.0 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Georgetown is back in action on Tuesday, April 12, visiting No. 1-ranked Virginia (31-3). First pitch at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va. is slated for 6 p.m.