Lee Home Run and Cohen Relief Work Win Game One, 7-5; Late-Inning Comeback Hurts Hoyas in Game Two, Lose 7-6
May 2, 2009
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University baseball team won the first game of their BIG EAST doubleheader with Pittsburgh this afternoon, 7-5, before falling late in the night-cap, 6-5. In the first game, senior Tommy Lee's first home run of the season, a two-run shot to dead-center in the seventh inning, proved to be the difference for the Hoyas. Freshman Jared Cohen threw 2 2/3 innings of shutout baseball to earn his first win in the Blue & Gray. In the second contest, Tim Adleman came within two outs of a complete-game victory and Sean Lamont hit his 12th homer of the season, but the Panthers rallied and earned a Saturday split.
Cohen had his second-consecutive shutout relief appearance to earn his first win as a Hoya. The Vanderbilt transfer allowed only three hits and recorded eight outs to pick up the victory. Jimmy Saris, who started for GU, lasted 6 1/3 innings and allowed four earned runs before exiting and eventually earning a no-decision.
The Hoyas trailed 4-0 entering the fifth after two solo homers and two sacrifice flies had given Pitt the lead. Tom Elliott doubled to left-center and Andy Lentz was able to reach base safely on a well-executed bunt, putting runners on the corners. After Lentz stole second, Pustizzi cut the lead in half with a two-run double to left. A second successful bunt single, this one from Kelly Muir once again put GU runners on the corners. A double-steal attempt saw Muir get caught in a rundown, however the ball was thrown away and Pustizzi, who was running on the initial move, stole home to make the score line, 4-3. With Muir on second, Chip Malt tied the game with a base-hit up the middle for Georgetown.
GU tacked on an insurance run in the eighth. Dan Capeless reached base on a fielder's choice after he tried to move Sean Baumann to second on a bunt attempt. With two outs, Capeless stole second to get into scoring position and Lentz delivered a RBI drive up the middle for the final score, 7-5.
Adleman was outstanding on the mound for eight innings, allowing only two earned runs on six hits and striking out eight batters, one off his season-high. However, the junior ran into trouble in the ninth as the Panthers scored three runs, two earned, to steal the victory.
GU trailed 1-0 moving into the third but Muir singled to right with one out and moved to second on a groundout. Then, history repeated itself as just like during the first contest, Malt singled to center and drove home Muir to tie the contest.
With the score knotted at 1-1 in the fourth, Lamont started things with a screaming double to left. Baumann hit a grounder to second that went through the wickets of the Pitt fielder and into right-center field, allowing Lamont to score and give the Hoyas a one-run lead.
Pitt took the lead on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh before the Hoyas responded yet again. Elliott was able to leg out a grounder to second for his fourth hit of the day, tops among the Hoyas. After a Capeless walk and Pustizzi sacrifice bunt, Muir tied the game with a run-scoring single to right. A double play would erase any chances of GU building on their opportunity in the inning.