Box Scores: Game 1 - Game 2
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Georgetown baseball team pulled out a dramatic win against Virginia Tech on Thursday afternoon, defeating the Hokies for the first time ever in BIG EAST play by a score of 4-3, before falling 16-3 in the second game of the conference doubleheader.
Matthew Johnson (Bothell, Wash./ Newport) sent a shot to the left field gap in the bottom of the last inning to break a 3-3 tie, and bring Timmy Jones (Ledgewood, N.J./ Morristown) across the plate with the winning run. In the second game, Virginia Tech (14-14, 1-7 in BIG EAST) pelted Georgetown (19-18, 5-6 BIG EAST) for 16 runs on 20 hits, as the Hoyas used six pitchers to try to subdue the Tech offense.
Georgetown starter Eduardo Pena (Miami, Fla./ Michael Krop) had a rocky beginning in game one, as Virginia Tech leadoff man Chris Stanton placed bunt down the third baseline for an infield hit, and the next three Tech batters all reached base. Sean O’Brien brought two runs in with a single through the right side of the infield, also advancing Wyatt Toregas to third, before Pena forced a double play. Toregas scored on the play, and Pena struck out Jed English two batters later to end the threat. The Hokies ended the inning with three runs on three hits and one Hoya error.
The three first-inning runs was all the damage the Hokies were able to muster against Pena, as he held the Tech offense scoreless for the next six innings of the seven-inning contest. Pena struck out six, and retired the last 10 consecutive batters of the game in order to earn the win and improve his season record to 4-2.
Georgetown put three runs on the board in the bottom of the second, as Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./ El Segundo) singled up the middle, Danny Gronski (Sammamish, Wash./ Skyline) singled to right center, and Jones brought home the Hoyas’ first run of the game with a single to right field. Gronski scored when Jones stole second in a first-and-third situation, and the Hoyas plated another run when Jones scored on a single up the middle by Parker Brooks (Las Vegas, Nev./ Bishop Gorman).
The teams were deadlocked at 3-3 until the bottom of the seventh, when Jones began the inning with a single to right field, and later scored on Johnson’s walk-off double. It was the first hit of the day for Johnson, who was in a hitting slump and was 0-for-2 in his first two at bats. Cano went 3-for-3 in the first game and 1-for-2 in the second game to raise his average to a team-leading .341.
The second game was a one-sided affair, as Virginia Tech brought a 16-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning.
Virginia Tech starter Jeff Landing (3-1) earned the win, surrendering just four hits and two walks in eight full innings pitched. The Hoyas finally got on the board when Hokies reliever A.J. Hurley entered in the ninth, gave up a double to Billy Quinn (Alta Loma, Calif./ Alta Loma) in the first at bat, and after a fly out, walked five of the next six batters he faced.
Georgetown used six pitchers in the game, and starter Warren Sizemore (Hamilton, Ohio/ Ross) was tagged with the loss after giving up eight runs on 11 hits in 2.2 innings pitched. Wyatt Toregas led the Virginia Tech offense, going 4-for-5 with four runs batted-in, including a mammoth three-run shot down the left field line in the fifth inning.
The Hoyas will take to the road this weekend for a Saturday doubleheader against Rutgers.