BETHESDA, MD ? The Hoyas baseball team allowed Notre Dame to capture early leads in games one and two of a doubleheader losing both and falling for the sixth time in as many games. The losses extend Notre Dame?s winning streak against the Hoyas to 17.
The Hoyas missed opportunities in game one of the doubleheader leaving nine runners on base losing to the Fighting Irish 10-6. Starting pitcher Kevin Field (1-5) tossed two innings in defeat allowing six runs on seven hits and striking out one. Chris Niesel (2-0) earned the win for Notre Dame throwing 5.2 innings walking three and striking out two.
ND took a quick 5-0 lead in the top of the first taking advantage of a hit batsman and five singles in the inning. The Irish added another run in the second before the Hoyas tallied two themselves in the latter half of the stanza. Matt Carullo singled to right field with one out and scored when freshman Bill Quinn homered over the leftfield wall, his fifth homerun of the season.
Georgetown threatened again in the fourth loading the bases with none out. But Notre Dame was able to get the next three batters to groundout (force at home), strikeout, and ground out to the second baseman. The Fighting Irish then added two more runs in the sixth to take an 8-2 lead.
GU scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth taking advantage of two ND errors, two walks, and two hits. Carullo led off with a single and moved to second when Quinn was hit-by-pitch. Notre Dame was able to get the next two outs but then walked both Mike Green and Jim Supple pushing a run across the plate. Back-to-back errors by the Irish allowed two more runs to score and catcher Michael Lombardi drove a single to left for the final run of the inning. Notre Dame padded their lead by two in the top of the seventh taking a 10-6 lead in what would be the final runs of the game.
Carullo (3-4, 2R) and Supple (2-3, 1R, 1 RBI) paced the Hoyas offense while Ron Cano, Lombardi (1RBI), and Quinn (2R, 2RBI) each added a hit. Tyler Abbott (2.1 IP, 3H, 2R, 1BB), Paul Perillo (2.0 IP, 2H, 2R, 1BB, 1SO), and Kevin Galvin (0.2 IP, 1H) all filled in for relief following Field.
The Hoyas again allowed five runs in the top of the first but this time were unable to make up any ground. Notre Dame scored their five runs with the help of a Hoya error and five hits including shortstop Javier Sanchez two-run homerun. The Fighting Irish continued to build upon their lead with a run in the third and five more in the sixth to take an 11-0 advantage.
Georgetown got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the sixth with two runs. Mike Green led off the inning with a single to center and advanced to second on Ron Cano?s single to left field. A Michael Lombardi walk loaded the bases for second baseman Matt Carullo who singled knocking in the Hoyas first run of the ball game. An error by Notre Dame?s third baseman off the bat of Bill Quinn allowed for Georgetown?s second run of the inning.
The Hoyas added one more final run in the eighth off of three hits. Cano and catcher Phil Pierorazio singled to place runners at the corners with Carullo coming to the plate. Carullo connected again, this time a double to left center scoring the Hoyas third and final run. Notre Dame added one more run in the ninth to complete the game with the 12-3 win.
Georgetown used six different pitchers in the contest, with starter Tom O?Connor (0-3) taking the loss while giving up five runs on five hits and walking one. John Axford (2-2) earned the victory for the Fighting Irish.
GU doesn?t play at home again until an April 18th match-up against Howard University at 4:00 p.m. In the meantime, they will play a three-game set against Rutgers, double-headers against St. Johns and Boston College, a game against George Washington, and their next battle on this Tuesday (April 2) against Catholic University. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.