May 8, 2011
BETHESDA, Md. - Rand Ravnaas went four-for-four with two runs and an RBI to lead the Georgetown University baseball team (23-27, 5-16 BIG EAST) past Villanova (17-28, 4-17 BIG EAST), 9-6 on Sunday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field.
The Hoyas and Wildcats battled back and forth with the scoring being tied three times in the first four innings, before Danny Poplawski, who finished with two-for-four with two doubles in the game, doubled to drive in two runs in the bottom of the fifth to give the Hoyas the lead for good.
Villanova threatened in the top of the ninth, loading the bases and bringing the tying run to the plate, but Bobby Kirby came on to record the final out and the save in the Hoyas victory.
Starting pitcher Alex Meyer allowed four runs, three earned on five hits over 5.0 innings to earn his fourth victory of the season for the Hoyas.
Villanova took an early lead scoring a run in the second inning and again in the third on Marlon Calbi's RBI double to put the Wildcats in front, 2-0.
Mike Garza tied the score in the bottom of the third inning with two run double to the gap in left centerfield that allowed Justin Leeson to score and Rand Ravnaas to score all the way from first. Garza would then steal third and score on a balk to put Georgetown in front, 3-2 after three innings.
The Wildcats answered in the top of the fourth inning when Paul Rambaud singled to right field to drive in Adam Nelson, to even the score at three runs apiece.
Georgetown reclaimed the lead in the top of the fourth, as Danny Poplawski doubled off the batters' eye in center field, then moved to third on Paul Bello's sacrifice bunt before scoring on Justin Leeson's sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Villanova pulled even again in the top of the fifth inning. Matt Fleishman doubled to left centerfield, then stole third base and scored on an errant throw to make the score, 4-4.
Poplawski broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth inning, doubling to right field for the second time, driving in Kevin Johnson and Dan Capeless, giving GU a 6-4 lead after five innings, as the Hoyas would never trail again.
The Wildcats would load the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth inning, as Paul Rambaud drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to left field. Relief pitcher Charles Steinman struck out the next two Villanova batters to end the threat and hold the Hoyas 6-5 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning,Dan Godefroi drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on Kevin Johnson's sacrifice bunt. Godefroi was lifted for pinch-runner Corbin Blakey, who advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch to give the Hoyas a two run lead, at 7-5.
Villanova put runners on second and third base in the top of the eighth inning after Steinman had retired the first two batters. The Hoyas went to the bullpen, as Neal Dennison got the third out of the inning to hold onto the lead for GU. In the bottom of the inning, GU would add to its lead. Paul Bello drew a lead-off walk and then would eventually score on Ravnaas's single just over the glove of the first baseman Ravnaas would come around to score on a single from Erick Fernandez to create a four run cushion at 9-5.
Villanova drew three walks to load the bases, bringing the tying run to the plate in the top of the ninth inning with two outs when the Hoyas went to the bullpen for Bobby Kirby. Kirby walked the first batter he saw to allow one Wildcats' runner to cross the plate, but after working the count full against David Koczirka before getting him to fly out to centerfield to end the game, sealing the Hoyas 9-6 victory.
Georgetown returns to the field to play its final home series of the 2011 season beginning on Friday, May 13 against St. John's at 7 p.m.