March 1, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown baseball team hit the road on Thursday afternoon, heading south for spring break, where the team will play in the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla.
The tournament starts on Friday, March 1, with games being played through Sunday, March 10. The Hoyas will play nine games over nine days, starting on Saturday, March 2 against Air Force. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Falcons and the Hoyas have met six times in their series history, first in 1992 and most recently in 2000. Air Force holds an all-time 6-0 record against Georgetown and has a 2-6 record in the early 2013 season, most recently competing at the Freedom Classic in Kinston, N.C.
Georgetown comes into the tournament with a 2-3 record, winning two straight before dropping its home opener against George Mason on Wednesday. The Hoyas are batting .273 as a team and have a collective 2.97 ERA with right-hander
Redshirt sophomore Jack Vander Linden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) leads the pitching staff in innings pitched (9.2), strikeouts (9) and is tied for first with one win on the season. Vander Linden will take the mound against the Falcons on Saturday.
Senior infielder Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./The Overlake School) is leading the team offensively with a .533 batting average, eight hits and four doubles so far this season. Junior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) leads the way with four RBI and sophomore third baseman Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) and junior outfielder Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's School) share the team lead with one home run apiece.
Also included in the rotation this weekend are lefty's Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) (0-1) and Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) (0-0). Hollenbeck will face Michigan on Sunday, March 3 and Polus will make his first appearance of the season against Valparaiso the day after.