WILLIAMSBURG, VA. - Georgetown baseball began the 2003 season with a bang, scoring 31 runs in a two game split with William and Mary Saturday and Sunday at Plumeri Park. The Hoyas fell 13-15 in the first game before downing the Tribe 18-17 on Sunday.
In the first game William and Mary led 4-1 in the top of the fifth before Georgetown clawed back into the action. Down two in the top of the seventh, Matt Carullo (Oakton, Va./Paul VI) singled and Billy Quinn (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma) reached on an error, before Matt Carullo (Oakton, Va./Paul VI) doubled to right, scoring Carullo and advancing Quinn to third. Andrew Cleary (Weston, Mass./Belmont Hill School) singled in a run and Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) layed down a sacrifice bunt to score a run. Parker Brooks (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) singled in the last two runs of the inning and the Hoyas took an 8-4 lead.
The Tribe countered to score five runs to put the home team up 9-8 but Georgetown rebounded on the strength of doubles by Quinn and Michael Lombardi (Brookhaven Hamlet, N.Y./St. Anthony?s) as well as another clutch bunt off the bat of Cano. Georgetown finished the inning with two runs and promptly shut down the Tribe in their half of the inning. Quinn smoked his second hit and his third RBI of the day with a two-run homer in the ninth to stake the Hoyas to a 12-9 lead. Lombardi doubled and was moved over to third before clutch-hitting Cano hit a sacrifice fly to left, putting Lombardi across the plate for his third run. Three outs away from remaining undefeated, Georgetown suffered early as William and Mary loaded the bases and scoring three runs off three hit Tribe batters. With one out and the bases loaded, freshman Chris Rahl drove a pitch over the fence for a walk-off grand slam, handing the Hoyas their first loss of the season. Patrick Salvitti (North Wales, Pa./LaSalle College HS) earned the loss in the opener for the Hoyas.
Quinn and Lombardi each drove in three runs for the Hoyas in the losing effort. Lombardi finished the day 4-for-6 with four doubles. Quinn scored four of the Hoyas? runs and hit the first home run of the season. Carullo added three hits in six at bats.
Georgetown wrapped up the series on Sunday. The Tribe, still riding high on the previous day's victory, jumped to a seven run lead in the first inning to put the Hoyas in an early hole. Like the previous day, Georgetown clawed right back into the action with four runs in the second, two coming from Cleary?s heavy-bat two run homer and two on a two-run single by Danny Gronski (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline HS).
Georgetown added three more in the fourth with Gronski singling in Jim Supple (Summit, N.J./St. Peter?s Prep) and Carullo doubling in a pair with two outs.
Georgetown added one more run over the next two innings while limiting the Tribe to one hit. In the seventh the Hoyas began to light a fire, scoring three runs off three hits to trail 13-11. William and Mary eked out a run of its own in the bottom of the seventh but the rolling Hoyas kicked off the eighth by loading the bases and scoring on a passed ball. Cano continued his unselfish play with his fourth sacrifice hit of the series, scoring Lombardi. Cleary singled in a runner and Quinn slapped a double to center, scoring the sixth and seventh runs of the hot eighth inning to put Georgetown up 18-13.
The Tribe plated three, adding a two-run homer before shutting the Hoyas out in their side of the ninth to make it an 18-16 game. Once again Georgetown found itself up in the bottom of the ninth with a chance to win. William and Mary put runners on the corners with only one out before a sacrifice fly drove in the Tribe's 17th run. Up one and one out away from victory, Timmy Jones (Ledgewood, N.J./Morristown HS) snared on line drive to center with a spectacular diving catch to end the game.
Cleary and Carullo each had three hits, driving in two and three runs respectively. Gronski hit 2-for-4 with three RBI and two walks. Though held without a hit, Brooks walked four times, scoring two key runs for the Hoyas. Warren Sizemore (Hamilton, Ohio/Ross HS) was credited with the win.
For the two game set Georgetown posted spectacular offensive numbers, averaging 15.5 runs per game while batting .425 as a team. The team accumulated 17 walks and unselfishly earned six sacrifice hits to advance runners and score crucial runs. Lombardi sparked the team at the plate hitting .545 with four doubles while Quinn drove in five runs off of three hits, including a home run. Sizemore led the team in ERA, pitching three and two thirds innings while giving up just one run off four hits in the midst of an offensive explosion.
Georgetown travels to North Carolina to take on Davidson Saturday, February 15th, Sunday, February 16th and Monday, February 17th. The weekend games start at 1:00 p.m. while Monday?s finale takes place at 3:00 p.m.