March 8, 2003
WINTER PARK, Fla. ? Georgetown (1-3) fell just short in the opening game of Baseball Week at Rollins College (12-9), losing 2-1 to the host Tars on Friday night.
In a defensive duel, the Hoyas fell behind a run after the third inning and try as they might, could not get another man across the plate. Jim Supple (Summit, N.J./St. Peter?s Prep) led all Hoyas with two hits while Michael Lombardi (Brookhaven Hamelt, N.Y./St. Anthony?s) drove in the lone Georgetown run.
Despite not playing a game in 13 days, Georgetown?s potent offense picked up right where it left off as Matt Carullo (Oakton, Va./Paul VI) drew a walk, Billy Quinn (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma) singled to right, and Lombardi drove a run scoring single to left. The Tars escaped the inning, surrendering only one run but the Hoyas appeared on track. In their side of the inning, Rollins College led off with a triple, scoring a run of their own before Georgetown?s defense recorded three outs.
The teams shut each other out in the second before Carullo and Lombardi drew walks in the top of the third, giving GU two on with two outs, but Andrew Cleary (Weston, Mass./Belmont Hill School) flied out to left to retire the side. In its half of the inning, Rollins? Jeff Halbert singled and advanced to third on two wild pitches before being driven in for the Tars? second run.
Down one, Georgetown was able to muster only two hits before the ninth, but solid team defense and excellent pitching by Florida?s own Eduardo Pena (Miami, Fla./Michael Krop) held the Tars in check.
In the top of the ninth the first two Hoya batters struck out swinging, dimming GU?s chances of a comeback, but patient batting by Cleary drew a walk and Supple singled up the middle to put two on. Supple and Cleary advanced a base on a wild pitch and now with two outs the Hoyas had two runners in scoring position. Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) stepped to the plate to face Rollins ace reliever Joe Sapp. Cano stepped into a pitch, driving it deep to left field, but it didn?t have the legs, and the Tars recorded the third and final out.
Pena finished the game pitching seven and two-thirds innings, allowing only two runs while striking out three.
Georgetown resumes tournament play on Sunday, taking on the Evansville Aces on March 9 at noon before a rematch with the Tars at 7 p.m.