April 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning to break an 8-all tie and held on for a 10-9 win over George Mason in a non-league baseball game at Spuhler Field in Fairfax, Va. Tuesday afternoon. The win improved Georgetown's record to 21-13 overall, while the Patriots fall to 13-24.
The Hoyas had leads of 5-1 and 8-4 in the eighth inning before Mason scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game as it went to an extra frame.
After having the go-ahead run thrown out at home in the top of the ninth, Georgetown put the first two runners on base in the 10th after senior left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) doubled down the left field line, moved to third on a wild pitch, and sophomore shortstop Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) was hit by a pitch. Busch stole second to put runners on second and third with none out and senior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) was intentionally walked to load the bases for freshman Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's), who laced a single up the middle to plate the go-ahead run. Freshman Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) then hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Busch and giving GU a 10-8 lead.
Freshman reliever Jordan Chudacoff (Highland Park, Ill./New Trier) gave up one run after a leadoff double and walk, but was able to retire the final three batters for his first career save.
Chudacoff's save made a winner of senior reliever Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade), who entered in the eighth inning with two runners on base after senior reliever Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) gave up four runs without recording an out. The Patriots had runners on first and second with none out, but retired the side to preserve the tie. Despite a leadoff walk, he retired the next three batters in the ninth before the Hoyas won the game in the top of the 10th.
After Mason had tied the game in the eighth, the Hoyas had a chance to take a 9-8 lead in the top of the ninth. Freshman Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) hit a leadoff double and junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) was intentionally walked. Junior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) followed with a single, but pinch-runner Alex Pettee (New Canaan, Conn./St. Luke's) thrown out at home, ending the inning.
The Hoyas had jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first three innings, with Collins hitting an RBI single in the first and driving in another run in the second on a sacrifice fly. Bello hit an RBI single in the third, pushing the lead to four runs. Mason cut the lead to 5-3, but the Hoyas responded with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. In the fifth, Matern hit an RBI single to score senior second baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./Overlake), who was hit by a pitch and stole second. Busch doubled and scored on an error in the sixth and Collins added a sacrifice fly.
Freshman Matt Smith (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) started and went 5.0 innings, giving up three runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Georgetown is back in action this weekend, visiting Seton Hall (18-15, 5-4 BIG EAST) in a crucial conference series. First pitch on Friday, April 19 at Owen T. Carroll Field is slated for 6 p.m.
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