May 13, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown scored three runs in the fifth inning to take an 8-6 lead, but Rutgers scored seven runs late en route to a 13-11 win over the Hoyas in the final game of a three-game series at Bainton Field Sunday afternoon.
Georgetown falls to 25-24 overall, including a 5-16 mark in the BIG EAST. The Hoyas have lost nine-straight BIG EAST games and 11 of their last 12 in league play. Rutgers improved to 25-26 overall and 13-8 in the BIG EAST.
The Hoyas had scored four first inning runs to take the early lead, but Rutgers responded with three runs off sophomore starter Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) in the bottom of the inning and then added two runs in the second and one in the third, respectively, to take a 6-5 lead.
In the fifth, the Hoyas scored three runs to take an 8-6 lead. Senior second baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./Overlake) reached on an error with one out and a two-run home run from senior Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) gave GU the lead. Senior left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) followed with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single from senior center fielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester), pushing the lead to 8-6.
Senior reliever Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) worked scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth, but got into trouble in the seventh, giving up a solo home run and then two errors led to a pair of unearned runs as the Scarlet Knights took a 9-8 lead.
Rutgers added four more runs in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run triple from Brian O'Grady, as the lead grew to 13-8.
The Hoyas did not quit, scoring three times in the ninth to pull within 13-11. Junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a single from Poplawski and both runners scored when Blakey delivered a two-run double. A single from Leeson put runners on the corners and Blakey scored on a single from freshman Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's), making it 13-11. With runners on first and second and two out, Leeson was thrown out stealing third to end the game.
Steinman took the loss, falling to 4-3 this season. He threw 3.2 innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits, with one strikeout.
Senior reliever James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) threw 3.0 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Brown gave up three runs on six hits in one inning.
The Hoyas pounded out 11 runs on 15 hits, with Blakey leading the way, going 3-for-5 with a single, double, home run and six RBI. Leeson went 4-for-6 with one RBI, while Anderson was 2-for-4, with a double, single, two runs and two RBI.
Georgetown is back in action on Tuesday, May 14, visiting the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.