Ninth Inning Comeback Helps Hoyas Win Nightcap in Doubleheader Split at Pitt
April 29, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to come from behind for a 6-3 win in the nightcap as the Hoyas split a doubleheader with Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon at Charles L. Cost Field in Pittsburgh. The Hoyas lost the first game, 8-3.
The win in the nightcap improved Georgetown's record to 19-23 overall and 6-11 in the BIG EAST, while the Panthers are 20-21 overall and 5-12 in league play.
Georgetown trailed 3-1 after seven innings and narrowed the gap to one run in the eighth when junior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, bringing home senior catcher Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill). Johnson started the two-out rally with a single, moved to second on a single from junior left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) and to third when senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) walked.
Trailing by a run in the ninth, the Hoyas put the first two runners on base after singles from senior right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) and sophomore first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland). A fly out from sophomore Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's) moved the runners up and a single up the middle form junior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) drove in Ravnaas and tied the game. A double down the left field line from Johnson brought in Anderson with the go-ahead run. After a pitching change, a ground out by sophomore Max Friedman (Wilmington, Del./Tower Hill) scored Blakey and Johnson scored on a passed ball to close out the scoring.
Junior Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) threw 2.0 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the ninth inning, but was able to work out of the jam for the win.
The Hoyas scored six runs on 16 hits, the second-highest mark for the team in a BIG EAST game this season (18 against Rutgers on March 30. Johnson went 3-for-5 with a double, two singles, two runs and one RBI, while Bello went 3-for-4 with three singles. Redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) was one of four players with two hits, going 2-for-4 with a double, one run and one RBI, while Ravnaas hit two singles and scored a run, Anderson hit two singles, scored a run and drove in one and Blakey was 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI.
Freshman Jack Vander Linden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) started the nightcap and went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts in a no-decision.
In the first game, Pittsburgh led 2-0 after two innings and then scored two runs apiece in the next three innings to take an 8-1 lead after five innings in a seven-inning contest. Junior Neal Dennison (Houston, Texas/Lamar) took the loss in the first game, falling to 3-3 after he went 3.2 innings and gave up six earned runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Freshman Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) threw 1.0 inning and gave up two runs on four hits, while freshman Matt Hollenbeck (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief and struck out two.
Garza went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, while Venditti hit two singles and scored two runs, while senior catcher Nick Geary (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Bello went 2-for-3.
Georgetown is back in action on Tuesday, May 1, visiting UMBC. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.