April 17, 2011
BETHESDA, Md. - After combining for 41 runs in the first two games of the series, visiting Pittsburgh and host Georgetown found themselves in a pitching duel in the final of a three-games meeting on Sunday at Shirley Povich Field. And it was the Hoyas, who had two pitchers combine to three-hit the Panthers, who came out on top, scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Georgetown a 3-2 win and salvage the final game of a three-game series.
The win improves Georgetown's record to 19-19 overall and 2-10 in the BIG EAST, while Pittsburgh falls to 21-13 overall and 8-4 in league play. The win for the Hoyas ended an eight-game conference losing streak.
Tied at 2-all in the bottom of the ninth, the Hoyas rallied with two outs off Pittsburgh starter Ethan Mildren. Junior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) started things when he hit an 0-2 pitch through the left side for a single. sophomore center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) was hit by a pitch and junior Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) hit a 1-0 pitch to the wall in left, plating Lentz and giving Georgetown the thrilling 3-2 win.
Senior reliever Pablo Vinent (Hialeah, Fla./Belen Jesuit) picked up the win, improving to 4-1 this season after throwing 3.0 innings and giving up one run, no hits, walking two and striking out two.
Vinent came on in relief of redshirt junior Tommy Isaacs (Pont Vedre Beach, Fla./Bolles), who gave up one run on three hits with three walks and one strikeout in six innings.
Leading 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Vinent walked Travis Whitmore and Rick Devereaux to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up and a sacrifice fly to left from Phil Konieczny brought in Whitmore, tying the game. Vinent, however, got out of the inning and then retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, giving the Hoyas a chance.
Georgetown had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third, thanks in part to a Pittsburgh error. Senior Dan Godefroi (Andover, Mass./Andover) was hit by a pitch to start the inning, moved to second when Lentz hit a sacrifice bunt , moved to third on Leeson's ground out and scored when Ravnaas reached on an error.
Isaacs, meanwhile, was cruising. He retired the first six batters he saw and faced the minimum through four innings, with a leadoff single in the third from Casey Roche followed by an unassisted double play for sophomore shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur). Isaacs walked two batters in the fifth, but a double play started by Lentz ended the threat.
Pittsburgh tied the game in the sixth, with Konieczny hitting a leadoff double, moving to third on a bunt and scoring on a double from Zach Duggan, but GU promptly came back and took the lead.
Tied at 1-all in the bottom of the sixth, Garza hit a one-out single to left and reached second when senior catcher Erick Fernandez (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) was safe on an error. A single from senior third baseman Sean Lamont (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) loaded the bases for freshman designated hitter Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland), who shot a single through the left side, giving Georgetown a 2-1 lead. Mildren, however, retired the final two batters to get out of the jam.
Anderson went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI, while Lentz was 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored and Lamont went 2-for-4 as six different players had hits.
For the weekend, Anderson batted .625 (5-for-8) with two RBI, while Lamont hit .500 (6-for-12) with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI.
Georgetown is back in action at Shirley Povich Field on Tuesday, April 19, hosting Norfolk State. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.