Georgetown Spots St. John's Early Lead but Rally Falls Short, 4-3
April 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown gave up three runs in the third inning to spot St. John's an early lead and rallied to put the tying run on base in the later innings, but could not find it as the Red Storm posted a 4-3 win over the Hoyas in a BIG EAST baseball game at Shirley Povich Field Saturday afternoon.
The loss ended a three-game win streak for the Hoyas, who fall to 20-12 overall and 4-4 in BIG EAST play, while SJU improves to 14-21 overall and 4-7 in the league.
St. John's jumped out to the early lead when senior lefty Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean),gave up a three-run home run to Martin Kelly. Polus walked Bret Dennis with one out and then gave up a double to Dustin Breshears before Kelly hit a home run to right-center.
The Red Storm added another run in the fourth, extending their lead to 4-0.
Georgetown, however, did not go down quietly, clawing back into the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and adding another in the fifth.
In the fourth, senior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) doubled and was on third after a single from junior right fielder Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's). After a wild pitch moved Venditti to second, freshman Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) hit a sacrifice fly to score Leeson. Junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners and senior left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) delivered an RBI single to make it 4-2.
Georgetown pulled to within a run in the fifth. Freshman Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) reached on an infield single and moved to third on a pair of groundouts before a single up the middle from Venditti make it 4-3.
The Hoyas had chances in three of the final four innings, but could not get the tying run across the plate. Bello was in scoring position in the sixth after a two-out double butt he was stranded there. In the seventh, senior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) hit a one-out single buts stranded there. In the eighth, Collins hit a leadoff single but pinch-runner Evan Ryan (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) was thrown out stealing second with one out.
SJU reliever Thomas Hackimer retired the side in order in the ninth to give SJU the win. Starter Sean Hagan went 8.0 innings and allowed three runs on 10 hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
Polus went 4.0 innings and was charged with four runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Freshman reliever Matt Smith (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) threw two scoreless innings and senior Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) threw three scoreless innings.
The series closes on Sunday, April 14, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Sophomore southpaw Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), who is 1-3 with a 4.35 ERA, will start the finale for the Hoyas.