Late Innings Doom Georgetown Baseball in Doubleheader
April 6, 2003
BETHESDA, Md. - The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University (10-12, 4-2) produced two late game rallies to sweep Georgetown (6-20, 1-12) in Sunday’s baseball doubleheader at Shirley Povich Field.
Hoyas’ staring pitcher Warren Sizemore (Hamilton, Ohio/Ross) pitched a strong first game through six innings of the seven inning game, allowing only four hits and one run, a solo shot by Jeff Fraizer in the fourth.
Georgetown tied the first game of the doubleheader in the sixth with Michael Lombardi’s (Brookhaven Hamlet, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) second hit of the game, a double to left center, followed by Andrew Cleary’s (Weston, Mass./Belmont) RBI single scoring Lombardi. Six runs in the seventh inning by the Scarlet Knights, highlighted by Steve Normane’s two run homer and Matt Wolski’s three run double, were too much for the Hoyas to overcome in their half of the seventh. Singles by Billy Quinn (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma), Danny Gronski (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) and Jim Supple (Summit, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) and the Hoyas added another run on a passed ball but it was not enough to pull them past Rutgers, and the game ended with the score at 7-3.
In the second game, Georgetown jumped out into the lead in the first on the strength of a Lombardi double that scored Matt Carullo (Oakton, Va./Paul VI). Lombardi also scored on another double from Cleary, who was next to bat. This put the Hoyas ahead 2-0 at the end of the first inning.
Georgetown added another run to its lead in the second, as Jones laced a one-out double to left field that brought home Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo).
After the Knights managed to put one run on the board in their half of the third, Lombardi singled to start the bottom of the inning for the Hoyas, putting him on base for the Cleary home run that followed. Quinn doubled one out later, but only got as far as third base before the inning came to a close. Nonetheless, at the end of three, Georgetown held a convincing 5-1 lead.
The Hoyas ran into trouble in the top of the fifth inning, when fielding errors put the first two RU batters on base. Starter Kevin Field (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) pitched well through the trouble situation, allowing no hits in the inning, but the Knights combined aggressive baserunning and sacrifice hitting to bring home both baserunners and the Hoyas’ lead diminished to 5-3.
Both teams went quietly in the sixth, but in the top of the seventh, the Knights threatened by loading the bases on Field with no outs. Solid Hoya defense relieved the situation, as third baseman Gronski snagged a line drive and quickly tagged his base for an unassisted double play. Field coaxed the next RU batter into grounding out to first and the Hoyas got out of the inning without giving up a run.
Georgetown accrued two more runs in the bottom of the seventh when Cleary stepped to the plate with two outs on the board and launched a towering home run, his second of the game and seventh on the season. Lombardi, who had singled immediately before Cleary’s at-bat, was on base for the two-run blast, so the Hoyas expanded their edge to 7-3.
The Knights overtook the Hoya lead in a tumultuous top of the eighth that saw three Hoya pitching changes and seven RU runs. The Knights added another two in the top of the ninth, which brought the score to 12-7 and the Hoyas to their last three outs. Unable to spark a rally, the Hoyas went down in order in the bottom of the ninth and 12-7 became the final score for the second game.
Next up for Hoya baseball is an away game at Maryland on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.