Rally Falls Short as Hoyas Lose Opener to Seton Hall, 5-3
May 4, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown rallied from a 4-0 deficit and had the bases loaded in the seventh inning, but could not plate the tying run as Seton Hall escaped with a 5-3 win over the Hoyas in a BIG EAST Conference baseball game at Shirley Povich Field Friday night.
The loss drops Georgetown's record to 20-25 overall and 6-13 in the BIG EAST, while Seton Hall improves to 27-19 overall and 12-7 in league play. The teams continue their three-game series on Saturday, May 5, with first pitch slated for 7 p.m.
Trailing 4-0 after seven innings, the Georgetown bats were finally able to reach Seton Hall starter Jon Prosinski, who had only allowed two hits to that point. Junior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) started things with a single to left and runners were on second and third after a double to left from senior catcher Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill). Junior left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) hit a sinking single to left that scored one run and put Georgetown on the board.
Prosinski recorded two straight outs, including a hard line drive to left from senior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice), but redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur).kept things going when he legged out an infield single, scoring Johnson and making it 4-2. Senior right fielder Rand Ravnaas (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints' Episcopal) then dropped a single in down the left field line, bringing home Bello to pull the Hoyas with a run.
Reliever Benny Mejia entered the game and walked sophomore Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) to load the bases, but he induced a ground ball to end the inning and keep the score 4-3.
In the top of the ninth, Will Walsh's hit to right field was ruled a solo home run - the Hoyas argued that the ball hit the top of the right field fence, but it was ruled to have hit the sign above the fence - off redshirt senior Pablo Vinent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit), giving the Pirates an important insurance run.
Georgetown was retired in order in the ninth by Mejia, who picked up his sixth save this season.
The Hoyas had been held hitless by Prosinski through the first three-plus innings, as the right-hander retired the first 11 batters he faced before a two-out double from Garza. That was really all Georgetown would get as Prosinski held the Blue & Gray to only two hits - the other a one-out double from junior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) - and three base runners through seven innings. Prosinski, who improved to 7-2 this season, went 7.2 innings and was charged with three runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out eight batters.
Senior right-handed pitcher Will Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) started for the Hoyas and went only 2.0 innings, giving up one run on two hits with one walk and taking the loss as he fell to 4-4 this season.
Junior James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) gave up three runs on five hits with two walks, with the Pirates scoring runs in three-straight innings to take a 4-0 lead after five innings.
Freshman Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) entered the game in the sixth inning and was solid through three innings, allowing no runs on three hits before making way for Vinent in the ninth.
Redshirt freshman Jack Vander Linden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas), who has made three career BIG EAST starts, will be on the hill for the Blue & Gray on Saturday. Vander Linden is 4-2 with a 4.57 ERA this season. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at Shirley Povich Field.