April 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown scored three runs in the seventh inning and had the tying run at the plate in the eighth inning, but could not get anything more as the Hoyas lost to George Mason, 6-3, in a non-league baseball game at Shirley Povich Field Tuesday night.
It was the fourth-straight loss for the Hoyas, who fall to 18-22 overall, while the Patriots improve to 28-15. It was the second win this season for Mason over Georgetown, as the Hoyas lost, 12-8, on the road earlier this season.
Trailing 6-0 after six-plus innings, Georgetown scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the GMU lead in half. The bases were loaded with none out after senior catcher Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) was hit by a pitch and juniors Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./Overlake) and Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) singled. A wild pitch brought home the first run and a sacrifice fly from freshman shortstop Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) drove in Poplawski, making it 6-2. The second out was recorded, however, when the first base umpire ruled that Bello had left the bag early. Senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) reached second on an error and a double to left from junior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) scored Lentz.
The Hoyas put a pair of runners on base in the eighth inning after a walk to junior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) and a single from Poplawski, but George Mason reliever Chris O'Grady induced a ground ball out from redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur).
Lentz reached base on an error in the ninth and junior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) walked, but O'Grady induced a pop out to end the game.
The Patriots had taken a 2-0 lead in the second, scoring a pair of runs off freshman Max Allen (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park), who was making his first career start. Allen got out of the first inning unscathed, but walked the first two batters in the second before a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. A sacrifice fly from Josh Leemhuis brought in the first run and Jake Leonardo walked to put runners on the corners. With two out, Nick Allen doubled to left, bringing in Mick Foley, but Leonardo was thrown out at home after a relay throw from Blakey to Busch to Johnson.
The score was still 2-0 in the fifth, thanks to two scoreless innings from redshirt junior pitcher Billy Cosmopulos (Seekonk, Mass./Moses Brown [R.I.]), but Mason pushed its lead to 4-0 when Dan Schafferman hit a two-run home run to left off junior pitcher Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean).
The Patriots scored two more runs in the seventh off redshirt senior Pablo Vinent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit), first on a double from Brig Tison and then on a wild pitch.
Lentz and Poplawski each had two hits to lead the Hoyas.
Georgetown is back in action this weekend, playing a three-game series at Pittsburgh. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 28 and then a single game on Sunday, April 29.
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