Hoyas Fall to St. John's in Series Finale at Povich Field
May 15, 2011
BETHESDA, Md. - Georgetown pitchers gave up six home runs as St. John's scored at least one run in each of the first six innings en route to a 12-2 win over the Hoyas in the final game of a three-game series at Shirley Povich Field. The loss was the third-straight for the Hoyas, who fall to 23-30 overall and 5-19 in the BIG EAST, while St. John's improves to 30-17 overall and 16-7 in league play.
Senior starter Alex Meyer (Pompton Plains, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) went 4.1 innings and gave up 10 runs on 10 hits with one walk and five strikeouts. The Red Storm jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a two-run home run from Joe Panik and a solo home run from Jeremy Baltz. The visitors added another run in the second and added four more in the third when Baltz hit a solo home run to left and Kevin Grove hit a three-run home run to right, making it 8-0.
Georgetown scored a run in the bottom of the inning when junior second baseman Andy Lentz (Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) reached on an error and scored on a double to left from sophomore left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) with one out. That was all the Hoyas would get, as SJU starter Brendan Lobban retired the final two batters to get out of the inning.
The Hoyas added another run in the fifth when Lentz hit a one-out single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double to center from sophomore centerfielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester). Runners were on second and third with Bello earning a walk before Leeson's double, but Lobban struck out the final two batters.
Sophomore reliever James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) came on in relief of Meyer in the fifth inning with the bases loaded after three players were hit by pitches. Heine walked the first batter he faced to bring in a run and make it 10-0, but he induced a double play to get out of the inning.
Heine gave up two runs in the sixth - including a solo home run to left from Grove - but settled down and retired the side in order in the seventh and eighth, respectively. He finished the day throwing 3.2 innings and giving up two runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Senior reliever Pablo Vinent (Hialeah, Fla./Belen Jesuit) threw a scoreless ninth inning, giving up one hit and walking one while striking out two batters. It was the 26th appearance of the season for Vinent, tying the single season record at Georgetown, held by current senior Jack Bender (Cranford, N.J./Cranford), who made 26 appearances during the 2007 season.
Senior catcher Erick Fernandez (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles to lead the offense, while Leeson and Bello each had a double and an RBI, Lentz had a single and scored two runs and senior third baseman Sean Lamont (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) hit a single.
Leeson will enter the final weekend of the season with 53 runs scored and 215 at-bats. He needs seven more runs to pass Steve Iannini for the school single-season record of 59 set in 1983, and he needs seven more at-bats to pass the record of 221 set by Ron Cano in 2002.
Georgetown closes out the 2011 regular season next week, visiting Seton Hall for a three-game series. The first game of the series will be played on Thursday, May 19, with first pitch at 3 p.m.