April 10, 2012
Bethesda, Md. - Georgetown came back from a three-run deficit in the first inning and sophomore Jack VanderLinden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) threw four innings of scoreless relief as the Hoyas beat Mount St. Mary's, 5-3, on a cool and windy night at Shirley Povich Field in a non-league college baseball game.
It was the second-straight win for the Blue & Gray, who improve to 16-17 overall, while the Mountaineers falls to 11-24 overall.
Senior right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal), redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) and junior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) each had two hits and drove in one run for the Hoyas.
VanderLinden came on in relief in the fourth inning and, despite allowing a leadoff single to Mount freshman catcher Andrew Clow, retired the side in order. That was the first of 12-straight batters he retired as the Hoyas went into the eighth inning with a narrow 4-3 lead.
The 6-5 right-hander went 4.0 innings, yielding no runs on one hit with two strikeouts as he improved to 3-1 this season. Junior Charlie Steinman (Rockville, Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) threw the ninth inning, with one Mount batter reaching on an error, for his second save of the season.
Senior Pablo Vinent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) entered the game in the eighth inning in relief of VanderLinden and recorded one out in the 86th appearance of his career, breaking the Georgetown all-time record for appearances, held previously by relief pitcher Daniel Kennedy (2005-08).
Leading by only one run in the eighth, the Hoyas started a rally with two out as senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) drew a walk. After stealing a pair of bases, Ravnaas laid a bunt single down the first base line and Lentz raced home, giving the Hoyas a 5-3 lead.
Georgetown trailed by three runs after even getting a chance to bat, but chipped away in the first two innings. Garza put the Hoyas on the board in the bottom of the first with a single to left, scoring Leeson, who had hit a leadoff single to short, then stole second and remained there when Ravnaas walked.
In the second, sophomore Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) reached on an error and a double to center from senior catcher Nick Geary (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) put runners on second and third with two out. Leeson again hit a sharp ball to shortstop that he beat out for a single, bringing home Anderson and cutting the lead to 3-2. There were still out outs when Lentz hit a long fly ball to left, but Mount fielder Zack Schramm could not handle it as both runners scored and GU took the lead for good , 4-3.
Things did not start well for the Hoyas, as sophomore Alex Baker (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) issued a one-out walk to Michael Foster before a double to left from Mark Quaranta. Josh Winter followed with a two-run home run left, giving the Mountaineers a 3-0 lead.
The Mount had a runner on first with one out in the second, but a nifty double play started by Lentz ended the threat. In the third, Baker again gave up a leadoff hit, but Geary threw out Foster stealing second. After a one-out walk to Quaranta, Baker retired the next two batters to end the inning.
The Hoya lineup managed to put GU ahead in the second and after the leadoff single in the fourth against VanderLinden, the bullpen did the job in the 5-3 win.
Georgetown is back in action this weekend, beginning play in a three-game series at Villanova on Friday, April 13. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.