April 22, 2011
WASHINGTON - Sophomore southpaw Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) made his first-ever BIG EAST start and only the second start of his collegiate career a solid one, but Georgetown managed only five hits as the Hoyas lost to Connecticut, 5-0, in the first game of a three-game series on Thursday afternoon.
The Hoyas fall to 19-20 overall and 2-11 in the BIG EAST, while the Huskies improve to 24-12-1 overall and 11-2 in league play.
Polus went 5.1 innings in his second collegiate start - his first came during the 2010 season against Mount St. Mary's - and gave up only three runs while scattering seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
Polus gave up a leadoff single to LJ Mazzilli in the first, but he retired the next three batters to get out of the inning. In the second, the Huskies had runners on the corners with one out after a pair of singles, but senior catcher Erick Fernandez (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) threw out one stealing and then Polus induced a ground ball to end the inning.
After retiring the side in order in the third, UConn's Mike Nemeth led off the fourth with a solo home run, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
Polus retired the side again in the fifth, but the Huskies added to their lead in the sixth when Mazzilli hit a leadoff double and scored on a one-out double from George Springer. Nemeth followed with a single to right-center to score Springer and give UConn a 3-0 lead.
Junior reliever Billy Cosmopulos (Seekonk, Mass./Moses Brown) came on in relief and retired the final two batters of the sixth, but gave up two unearned runs in the seventh. He recorded strike outs to the first two batters of the inning, but Doug Elliot reached on a passed ball. After Billy Ferriter reached on a bunt single and both runners moved up on a ground out, a single from Nick Ahmed gave UConn a 5-0 lead.
The Hoyas had chances in the early innings against UConn starter Matt Barnes, the preseason BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year. Sophomore center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) hit a leadoff single and was in scoring position after a sacrifice bunt from sophomore right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal), but did not come across. Georgetown had another leadoff batter on when senior third baseman Sean Lamont (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) reached on a single, but Barnes induced a double play to end the inning.
Barnes would retire the next 11 batters and the Hoyas did not have a runner on base until Leeson hit a two-out single in the sixth inning.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the seventh, Georgetown had its best chance when Fernandez and Lamont reached base on singles with one out, but Barnes induced the Hoyas' second double play of the game to escape the jam.
The Hoyas put two runners on with none out in the ninth inning when Leeson walked and Ravnaas singled, but GU grounded into its third double play of the game to close out the game.
Georgetown and Connecticut will close out the series with a doubleheader on Friday, April 22. The first game is slated to start at 2 p.m., with the nightcap at 6:05 p.m.