Garza, Ravnaas Lead the Way as Georgetown Beats UMBC, 13-8
May 1, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) and redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) combined for five runs, eight hits and six RBI as the Georgetown baseball team scored seven runs in the second inning en route to a 13-8 win over the University of Maryland-Baltimore County at Baseball Factory Field in Baltimore Tuesday evening.
It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who improved to 20-24 overall, while the Retrievers fall to 9-25 overall.
Batting third, Garza went 4-for-6 with a double, two singles, three runs scored and three RBI, while cleanup hitter Ravnaas was 4-for-5 with a double, three singles, two runs and three RBI. Sophomore Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's) went 2-for-4 with a home run, single and four RBI.
The Hoyas scored at least 10 runs for the 10th time this season on 14 hits, with seven players having at least one hit and eight players scoring at least one run.
Redshirt junior Billy Cosmopulos (Wading River, Mass./Moses Brown [R.I.]) threw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one run on four hits, with one walk and one strikeout as he earned his first win of the season.
UMBC took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, scoring a run off freshman starter Max Allen (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park), who threw 1.1 innings and was charged with five runs overall after a four-run second inning for the hosts.
The Hoyas, however, had a 7-1 lead in the top of the second inning with a seven-run inning and pushed it to 9-6 after adding two more runs in the fourth inning. In the second, Venditti drove in two of his runs with a bases loaded single, scoring Ravnaas and sophomore Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland), who had been hit by a pitch. Junior left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) followed with an RBI single, scoring junior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial), who had been hit by a pitch. A two-run, bases-loaded single from Garza gave Georgetown a 5-1 lead and a double to right from Ravnaas closed out the scoring, making it 7-1.
The Georgetown lead was down to 7-6 after three innings, but an run-scoring ground out from Ravnaas and an RBI single from Anderson inched the lead back three runs.
The Retrievers scored two run to pull to within 9-8, but Venditti hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to make it 10-8. A three-run eighth inning, highlighted by an RBI single from Garza and bases-loaded walks to Venditti and senior Nick Geary (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades), gave the Blue & Gray a 13-8 lead.
Junior Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) threw a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game. He came in on relief of junior James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill), who gave up two hits with one walk and one strikeout in 2.0 innings. Redshirt senior pitcher Pablo Vinent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 2.0 innings.
Georgetown (20-24, 6-12 BIG EAST) returns home this weekend, hosting Seton Hall (26-18, 11-7 BIG EAST) in a crucial conference series at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md. The series opener will be held on Friday, May 4, with first pitch slated for 7 p.m.