April 14, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown scored four times in the top of the eighth inning to take a one-run lead, gave up three runs to Villanova in the bottom of the inning to fall behind by two runs and had the tying run on third base with two out but fell short as the Hoyas lost the second game of a three-game BIG EAST baseball series, 10-9, at the Ballpark in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
The loss ends a three-game win streak for the Hoyas, who fall to 17-18 overall and 4-7 in the BIG EAST, while Villanova improves to 19-17 overall and 4-7 in league play.
Georgetown trailed 6-1 after five innings, but scored twice in the sixth and then added four more runs in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run single from junior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart), to take an 8-7 lead.
Georgetown, however, committed five errors in the bottom of the inning and Villanova had one hit off junior reliever Charlie Steinman (Rockville, Centre, N.Y./Chaminade),breaking an 8-all tie with a two-run single from Connor Jones to take the lead for good.
The Hoyas had a chance in the top of the ninth. Redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) reached second on an error with one out and pulled the Hoyas to within a run, 10-9, on a single up the middle from junior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial). After the second out was recorded, junior first baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./Overlake) singled to center, putting runners on the corners, but Villanova reliever Matt Meurer induced a ground out from senior Nick Geary (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) to end the game.
Following the team's first Friday BIG EAST road win since 2008 and looking to get the series win on Saturday, Georgetown wasted little time, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. An RBI single from senior right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) with one out brought home junior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester), who drew a leadoff walk and moved to second when Matern grounded out. Garza followed by reaching base on a fielder's choice and moving to second on a throwing error, with Ravnaas advancing to third. A ground out from sophomore Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) brought in the second run.
Junior Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) battled in his first four innings, allowing only one run despite walking three, hitting one batting and giving up four hits, but could not find his way out of the fifth as the first six of the first seven Wildcats reached base and he left after the hosts had scored five times for a 6-2 lead.
Dennison finished the day throwing 4.1 innings, yielding six earned runs on seven hits with five walks and one strikeout.
Junior Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) threw two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief in place of Dennison to get out of the fifth inning and was relieved by junior Billy Cosmopulos (Seekonk, Mass./Moses Brown [R.I.]), who threw a scoreless sixth inning.
The Hoyas pulled to within 6-4 in the sixth on RBI doubles from sophomore Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's) and Garza.
Freshman pitcher Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) gave up a run in the seventh as Villanova extended its lead to 7-4, but the Hoyas responded with four runs in the eighth to take the lead back, most of it with two outs. Blakey started things with a one-out single, moved to second when senior Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) walked and the bases were loaded after junior Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) reached on a fielder's choice. With two outs, senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) singled through the right side to bring in one run. A walk to Leeson brought in a run and made it 7-6. Matern followed with a single up the middle, giving the Hoyas a short-lived 8-7 lead.
The three-game series with the Wildcats concludes on Sunday, April 15. First pitch is slated for 12:15 p.m. and freshman Jack VanderLinden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) will start for the Hoyas.