April 13, 2006
Bethesda, Md. - Senior first baseman Ryan Craft (Jupiter, Fla./The Bishop's School) hit a walk-off home run in the first game and senior pitcher Stephen Burns (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) gave up two runs on six hits in six innings in the nightcap, lifting the Georgetown baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Seton Hall (7-4, 3-2) at Shirley Povich Field Thursday afternoon.
It was the first time the Hoyas swept a BIG EAST doubleheader since April 21, 2001, when they beat Connecticut (6-3, 5-2) and it was the first time the team won back-to-back league games since March 24-26, 2004, when they beat Notre Dame and West Virginia.
Georgetown improves to 16-19 overall and 4-7 in the BIG EAST, while the Pirates fall to 11-21 and 4-10 in the league.
In the nightcap, junior right fielder Mark McLaughlin (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle Pacific) scored on a balk to break a 2-all tie in the sixth inning. McLaughlin singled to lead off the inning, moved to second on a bunt from senior Drew Dargen (Edmond, Okla./ Edmund North) and advanced to third when junior catcher Brandon Davis (Poway, Calif./The Bishop's School) reached on a fielder's choice. Seton Hall starter Dan McDonald was called for a balk with two outs, bringing in McLaughlin with what proved to be the winning run.
Sophomore Grady McConnell (Capistrano, Calif./Capistrano Valley) relieved Burns in the seventh and threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Sophomore Dan Kennedy (W. Orange, N.J./Regis) saved his fifth game of the season. After putting runners on the corners with one out in the ninth, Kennedy induced a game-ending double play.
Both teams were held in check through the first four innings, but the Pirates broke through in the fifth, with a run-scoring single from Greg Miller giving Seton Hall a 1-0 lead. The Hoyas responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Junior Derek deGrijs (Nashville, Tenn./Goodpasture) hit an 0-2 offering from McDonald down the right field line with two out, scoring junior catcher Brandon Davis (Poway, Calif./The Bishop's School) and sophomore second baseman Matthew Bouchard (E. Greenwich, R.I./Bishop Hendricken). Davis had led the inning off with a single and moved to second when Bouchard reached on an error. In the top of the sixth, Seton Hall tied the game when McDonald hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to right.
In the opener, the Hoyas trailed 4-0 in the ninth, but loaded the bases with one out to start the rally. Senor shortstop Matt Johnson (Bothell, Wash./Newport) singled, sophomore Matt Maranges (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) reached an error and deGrijs was hit by a pitch. Keith Cantwell relieved Seton Hall starter Dan Merklinger and surrendered a single up the middle to Mark McLaughlin (Walnut Creek, Calif./De La Salle Pacific) to bring in the first run. After recording the second out, senior Timmy Jones (Ledgewood, N.J./Morristown) delivered a single up the middle to bring home two more runs, making it 4-3. With runners on the corners, Dargen reached on an error, with McLaughlin scoring the tying run. Craft then hit a 2-2 offering from Cantwell to the trees in left field, giving the Hoyas a thrilling 7-4 win.
Junior lefty Mark Dutmers (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview) picked up the win for the Hoyas, improving to 1-1 this season. He threw one inning, giving up an unearned run. Senior Warren Sizemore (Hamilton, Ohio/Ross) took a no-decision in a strong outing for the right-hander. He threw 8.0 innings and allowed only three runs (two earned) on four hits, with no walks and a career-high eight strikeouts. After giving up a pair of unearned runs in the second inning, Sizemore retired 17 batters in a row before giving up a two-out single in the seventh inning.
The Pirates had taken a 2-0 lead in the second after Dan McDonald singled and third to second on an error, which brought home John Walsh, who had started the inning with a double. A ground out brought in McDonald with the second run. A solo home run in the eighth inning from Robbie Hine gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead. Merklinger exited the game after giving up the single to Johnson with one out in ninth. He took a no-decision, throwing 8.1 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts.
The teams conclude their three-game series on Saturday, April 15. First pitch is slatedfor noon.
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