BETHESDA, Md. ? Strong offense in one game and excellent defense in another failed to mix successfully as Georgetown baseball (7-22, 1-14) dropped a Saturday afternoon doubleheader to St. John?s (16-15, 6-3), falling 9-5 and 5-1 on Shirley Povich Field.
In the seven-inning first game, Georgetown led by one going into the final frame but allowed St. John?s to extend it to extra innings where the Red Storm put up five runs, four on a two-out grand slam to fall 9-5. In the second game starter Eduardo Pena (Miami, Fla./Michael Krop) struck out six in the first five innings, giving up only three hits, but the Georgetown bats fell silent as the Hoyas posted just five hits in a 5-1 loss.
Timmy Jones (Ledgewood, N.J./Morristown) was the most productive Hoya on offensive, posting two multi-hit games, scoring twice and driving in a run.
In the seven-inning opener Georgetown starter Kevin Field (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) surrendered two runs in the first as the Red Storm jumped to the early lead. Despite loading the bases in the top two innings, the Hoyas couldn?t put one across until the fifth when they more than acquitted themselves, scoring four before SJU could stem the tide.
Jones led off the GU fifth frame with a single, finding himself shortly on third after Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) walked and Matt Carullo (Oakton, Va./Paul VI) singled, loading the bases with no outs. Michael Lombardi (Brookhaven Hamlet, N.Y./St. Anthony?s) stepped in and whacked a two-run single to center to tie the score at 2-2. SJU pitcher Joe Reid induced Billy Quinn (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma) into a 4-6-3 double play, allowing Carullo to score from third to put GU up one. After plunking Robert O?Hare San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), Reid was replaced by reliever Greg Holmes who surrendered an RBI single to Jim Supple (Summit, N.J./St. Peter?s Prep) in the next at-bat, bringing across the fourth Hoya run of the inning.
St. John?s cobbled together a run in the sixth off two singles and a fielding error before the Hoyas turned a rare 3-4-1 double play to limit the damage.
Up 4-3 in the final seventh, Field KOed the first two batters before surrendering a walk and suffering a passed ball to move the runner to second. Anthony DeRosa slapped an RBI single to center to tie the ballgame, advancing to third after another SJU single. Freshman Stephen Burns (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) was called from the pen to sub for Field and faced runners on the corners with two out. Burns stepped to the rubber and forced the next batter into a lazy fly to center for the third out. Georgetown failed to register a hit in its half of the seventh and the teams entered extra innings.
In the eighth a one-out double and a wild pitch moved an SJU runner to third as Burns fought to keep the Red Storm down. Burns walked one then struck out the next batter before a run scoring single to right and the second walk of the inning ended his afternoon. Michael Halloran (Canton, N.Y./Williams) took the mound with the bases loaded and St. John?s put the exclamation point on the inning, driving a grand slam to go up by five.
Jones added an RBI double in the Hoyas? half of the inning but it was too little too late as the Storm took the first game 9-5 as Burns (0-2) absorbing the loss.
In the nightcap, St. John?s got on the board first in the third inning with a two-out run-scoring single. The Red Storm added another in the fourth off a towering home run to left, staking the them to a 2-0 lead. Pena made up for the struggling Hoya bats, striking out six through five while allowing only three hits until a rocky sixth yielded two hits and three runs, one on a throwing error and another on a balk, to bump the deficit up to 5-0.
Georgetown put one across in the sixth on a double into the right corner by Carullo, scoring Jones from second and closing the gap slightly, 5-1.
Travis Danysh (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) , Kevin Galvin (Cherry Hill, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep), and Kevin Lundquist Oley, Pa./The Hill School) teamed up to shut down the Red Storm in the final three innings, setting the table for the Hoya ninth.
Carullo led off with a walk and a balk moved him over to second but junior righthander Craig Hansen entered in relief for the Storm and retired the side for a 5-1 St. John?s win.
The Hoyas finish the three-game series with St. John?s on Sunday, April 13 at noon at Shirley Povich Field.