Hoyas Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short in 12-9 Loss to Villanova on Senior Day
May 17, 2013
Bethesda, Md. - Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's School) and Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Northfield Mt. Harmon Prep/Guilderland) each had RBI doubles in the ninth inning, but it was not enough, as the Georgetown University baseball team (25-27, 5-18 BIG EAST) fell to Villanova (13-40, 4-19 BIG EAST), 12-9 on Senior Day at Shirley Povich Field on Friday afternoon.
The Hoyas, trailing by six runs going into the final frame, scored three runs, bringing the game-tying run to the plate, but were unable to overcome a Wildcats team that scored nine runs, three earned, between the sixth and seventh innings.
Senior centerfielder Justin Leeson (Exton, Pa./West Chester) went 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI and freshman Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) went 3-for-5 with two runs and drove in a run. James Heine (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) took the loss, allowing four runs, one earned on one hit.
Georgetown's offense got off to a quick start, as Leeson led off with a first-pitch single to right field and moved to second on Trevor Matern's (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) sacrifice bunt. Collins followed with a double over the head of the left fielder, allowing Leeson to score easily, as GU took a 1-0 lead.
Villanova answered in the top of the third inning, as Tyler Sciacca's two-run double highlighted a three-run inning for the Wildcats. John Cialone's sacrifice fly drove in the third run to give the Wildcats a 3-1 lead.
Georgetown exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third, as Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) started the rally with a single. Leeson tripled off the fence in left center field to drive in a run and scored when Matern reached base due to an error on a sacrifice bunt. Later, Corbin Blakey (Alpharetta, Ga./Centennial) drove in two runs with a single and Paul Bello (Towaco, N.J./Delbarton) gave GU a 6-3 lead with an RBI single.
A costly error doomed Georgetown in the top of the sixth inning, as Villanova plated five runs, just one earned. Overall, the Wildcats brought 11 batters to the plate, with five different players driving in runs for VU to take an 8-6 lead. They added four more runs in the top of the seventh inning, with two runs scoring on another Hoyas error.
The Hoyas battled back in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Leeson and Collins each singled to set up Venditti's ground rule double to drive in Leeson. Anderson drove a two-run double into the gap in right centerfield to bring the Hoyas within three runs. Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./The Overlake School) laced a two-out single to left field to bring the game-tying run to the plate, but Villanova's Matt Meurer got Bello to fly out to shallow left field to end the threat, as GU fell 12-9.
The Hoyas wrap up its 2013 season against Villanova on Saturday afternoon, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at Shirley Povich Field.