Georgetown Rallies Late but Fall Short to Pitt, Pettee Pitches Scoreless Ninth
May 4, 2013
Bethesda, Md. - Georgetown sophomore starting pitcher Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) gave up five runs in the first three-plus innings as the Hoyas lost to No. 17 Pittsburgh, 13-3, in a BIG EAST baseball game at Shirley Povich Field Saturday night.
The Hoyas, who have lost five-straight league games, fall to 25-20 overall and 5-12 in the BIG EAST, while Pittsburgh improves to 35-11 overall and 14-3 in the league.
Hollenbeck gave up an infield single in the first inning and got around that before getting into trouble in the second, as the Panthers took advantage of three walks and scored four runs, all with two outs. Steve Shelinsky hit a leadoff single and Hollenbeck retired the next two batters before walking Evan Oswald to extend the inning. Panthers shortstop Dylan Wolsonovich followed with a home run to left-center, making it 3-0. Hollenbeck walked the next batters and Casey Roche delivered the fourth run with a single up the middle.
The Panthers scored one more run in the third to push the lead to 5-0, but sent seven batters to the plate. Hollenbeck left after issuing a one-out walk in the fourth. He went 3.1 innings, giving up five earned runs on six hits with six walks and three strikeouts.
Freshman Jordan Chudacoff (Highland Park, Ill./New Trier) struck out the first two batters he faced in the fourth inning before giving up two runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth.
The Hoyas scored their first run in the sixth when junior right fielder Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's) hit a leadoff double down the left field line and moved to third on a groundout from junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland). A sacrifice to left from senior second baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./Overlake) cut the lead to 8-1.
The Panthers scored two more runs in the seventh, both charged to Chudacoff, as the lead went to 10-1. He finished going 3.0 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.
Freshman Gino Basso (Glen Allen, Va./Godwin) threw 1.2 innings and gave up three runs on four hits with two walks and no strikeouts.
Venditti hit his seventh home run of the season with a blast to left-center in the bottom of the eighth inning. The rally continued with two outs as sophomore catcher Roberto Rodriguez (Clermont, Fla./Montverde Academy) hit an RBI double to left, scoring senior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) who walked and moved to second when sophomore Dean D'Ambrosio (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) walked.
Pittsburgh starter Matt Wotherspoon went 7.0 innings, giving up one run on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Senior Alex Pettee (New Canaan, Conn./St. Luke's), making his first collegiate pitching appearance, threw a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one batter.
Georgetown closes its series against the Panthers on Sunday, May 5, with first pitch at Shirley Povich Field slated for 1 p.m. The Hoyas will start freshman Matt Smith (Cranberry Townswhip, Pa./Seneca Valley), who is 3-1 with a 3.35 earned run average, while Pittsburgh is expected to start junior Ryhs Aldenhoven (6-0, 2.23 ERA).