May 9, 2009
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown University baseball team split their doubleheader with the Villanova Wildcats on Senior Day, winning the second game in dramatic fashion, 7-6 after losing the first game, 16-2. Tim Adleman struck out seven batters over seven innings to earn the win in game two and Jared Cohen was perfect during two innings of relief to preserve the victory.
The Hoyas blew up in the first inning against Villanova starter Kevin Crimmel. Chip Malt walked with one out and Erick Fernandez doubled to left for a quick 1-0 GU lead. Sean Lamont, Sean Baumann and Tom Elliott hit consecutive singles to make the score, 2-0 and load the bases. A ground out from Dan Capeless scored Lamont for a 3-0 lead and senior Greg Pustizzi capped things with a two-run single through the right side as the Hoyas held a 5-0 advantage after an inning.
Georgetown tacked on two more runs in the second and third innings. Fernandez picked up his second RBI with a single that scored Malt after he had doubled to the right-center gap. Fernandez also collected three hits in the contest for his team-leading 17th multi-hit game of the season. The following inning, Capeless singled to right and stole second with one out. After a fly out advanced him to third, Kelly Muir came through with a double to left-center and made the score 7-0 in favor of the home team.
The Hoyas would need every run as Villanova chipped away at the lead and got to within one. Wes Borden hit a two-run dinger, Dain Hall had a RBI ground-out and in the seventh, Matt Szczur collected a two-run single before Matt McFolling cut it to 7-6 with a sacrifice fly. However, Adleman, like he had done in the sixth inning, danced around trouble in the seventh to help his team maintain a lead heading into the late innings.
Villanova senior Joe Rosati registered the team's first individual five-hit game since 2006 as the Wildcats scored five runs in the top of the first inning, pushed their lead to 10-0 after three innings and cruised to the easy win behind the pitching of junior Brian Streilein who pitched six-hit ball over seven innings for his fourth win of the season. The Wildcats also tied a school-record with eight doubles.
The Hoyas picked up runs in the seventh and eighth innings to get on the scoreboard. Billy Henig singled to center and Elliott followed with a base-hit up the middle. A grounder by Dan Godefroi to the right side of the mound allowed the runners to move to second and third before Andy Lentz lifted a sacrifice fly to put the Blue & Gray on the board.
The next inning, Malt singled and Fernandez doubled to quickly put runners on second and third. However, a strikeout and fly-out put two outs on the board without any movement. Luckily for GU, the throw home in an attempt to keep Malt at third hit the bat of the just retired batter, Henig, and rolled away from home plate. Alertly, Malt came home with the team's second run of the contest.
Starting pitcher Jimmy Saris was reached for seven hits and seven earned runs while facing only 12 batters in a 1 1/3 innings. Tommy Isaacs and Cary Piligian allowed six and three earned runs, respectively, in relief for the Hoyas.
The Hoyas and Wildcats will play the third and deciding game of their series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Shirley Povich Field finale.
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