BETHESDA, Md. – The Georgetown baseball team displayed dominant pitching and sparkling defense in addition to their consistent offense as the team rolled to their sixth-consecutive victory, and maintained their perfect record at Shirley Povich Field by defeating the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers by a score of 7-0 Wednesday afternoon in Bethesda, Md.
Georgetown starting pitcher Trey Martin (Pacific Palisades, Calif./ Loyola) faced just three batters over the minimum in nine innings of work en route to the complete game shutout. He allowed only three hits and two walks, and the Hoya defense turned two double plays and were flawless in the field, as Martin earned the impressive victory in his first career start.
The Hoyas were also assisted by homeruns by Timmy Jones (Ledgewood, N.J./ Morristown) and Andrew Cleary (Weston, Mass./ Belmont Hill), the third of the year for each player, as Georgetown (7-5) rattled the UMBC (0-8) pitchers for 12 hits and seven runs.
The game began with Retriever leadoff man Chris Cerrullo reaching base with a single to centerfield. However Martin countered by forcing the next batter to ground into a double play, and then proceeded to retire the next seven batters in order as he cruised through the early part of the game.
No UMBC batter reached beyond first base until the fifth inning, when Martin worked his way out of a minor jam to preserve the shutout. UMBC first baseman Kyle Wildasin singled to right field, the next batter, Tom Rinaldi, walked, and Mike Orlando sacrificed the runners to second and third. But after a short fly out and a strikeout, Martin ended the inning without damage, and no Retriever made it past second base for the duration of the contest.
In addition to Jones and Cleary, Georgetown was helped on the offensive end by left fielder Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./ El Segundo), who was 3-for-4 with a RBI, and catcher Michael Lombardi (Brookhaven Hamlet, N.Y./ St. Anthony's), who was 2-for-4 with a BB and a RBI. Shortstop Matthew Johnson (Bothell, Wash./ Newport) also had a multiple-hit day, going 2-for-4 at the plate. Every Hoya in the lineup except one recorded a hit on the day.
Based on winning percentage, the Georgetown baseball team is experiencing its most successful season since 1984. The Hoyas currently have a .583 winning percentage, as well as a six-game win streak, which marks the best in program history since 1984, when the team went 31-17 (.645). The six-game win streak is the longest the team has had since joining the BIG EAST Conference.
The Hoyas will next battle YaleUniversity in a three-game series beginning this Saturday. Game One of a Saturday doubleheader is scheduled for at Shirley Povich Field, with the final game coming on Sunday afternoon at Admission is free to all Georgetown home games at Shirley Povich Field.