Ninth Inning Comeback Gives the Hoyas a Win
March 12, 2003
WINTER PARK, Fla. – Clutch hitting in the ninth inning gave Georgetown (3-5) a 5-4 come from behind victory over the University of Toledo (2-3) in Baseball Week action at Rollins College Tuesday.
Georgetown, which has scored 32% of its runs in the final two innings this year, overcame a one-run deficit in the ninth, putting two on the board to even out at 2-2 in the tournament. Timmy Jones’ (Ledgewood, N.J./Morristown) sharp single to short drove in the tying run and Matt Carullo’s (Oakton, Va./Paul VI) second RBI of the day proved the winner. Michael Halloran (Canton, N.Y./Williams) earned the win, striking out three while giving up only one hit in two and two-thirds innings of relief.
Toledo was first on the board in the second with an unearned run, adding more unearned scores in the third and fourth to stake the Rockets to a 3-0 lead. With just two hits on the board, the Georgetown bats began to heat up in the sixth when Carullo drove in Jones for the Hoyas’ first score.
Georgetown added two more in the seventh as Danny Gronski (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) drove in Michael Lombardi (Brookhaven Hamlet, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) and pinch hitter Robert O’Hare (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) singled through the right side to bring in Jim Supple (Summit, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep). Toledo responded in kind in its half of the seventh with its first earned run of the afternoon to put the Rockets up 4-3.
The Hoyas put two on with one out to start the eighth but a double-play ball ended a promising offensive rally, keeping Georgetown in a hole. Despite committing two defensive errors in the Rockets’ half of the eighth, Georgetown kept the score within one heading into the deciding ninth.
Supple led off with a walk and advanced to second base on a passed ball. Gronski singled to shallow right, putting runners on the corners with no outs. O’Hare popped up for the first out before Jones stepped to the plate and smacked a single to the shortstop bringing the tying run across the plate. Georgetown’s aggressive style nearly hit the jackpot when Gronski stole third but the throw beat him by a hair for the second out. Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) stepped into the box and took one for the team, advancing to first after being hit with a pitch. With two on Carullo drove in his second run of the game to give the Hoyas’ their first lead of the game. Toledo finally recorded the third out, ending Georgetown’s comeback one run too late.
Halloran took the mound allowing just one hit since the seventh inning after subbing for starting pitcher Tyler Abbott (Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood) who allowed just one earned run in six and one-third innings of work. Already leading the team in strikeouts, Halloran whiffed two of the three batters he faced to pitch a flawless ninth, recording his first win of the season.
Georgetown rematches with Evansville today at 1 p.m. in the second to last game of Baseball Week.