Let's Play Two; Georgetown and Pittsburgh to Play Doubleheader on Friday
April 14, 2011
WASHINGTON - Due to inclement weather expected in the Washington Metropolitan area this weekend, Georgetown's three-game baseball series with Pittsburgh has been adjusted.
The Hoyas and Panthers will play a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md. The second game of the evening will begin approximately at 7 p.m.
The teams were scheduled to play single games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but with rain expected all day on Saturday, Head Coach Pete Wilk and his counterpart at Pittsburgh agreed to play a doubleheader on Friday in advance of the weather.
The game against Pittsburgh on Friday night also coincides with the Second Annual Mater Dei Night at the field. Youngsters from the Mater Dei school will be addressed by members of the Georgetown baseball team and Head Coach Pete Wilk prior to the game. Members of the Mater Dei baseball team will take the field as the Hoya lineup is introduced.
The final game of the series will be held on Sunday, April 17 at noon.
The Hoyas enter the game with an 18-17 overall record and a 1-8 mark in the BIG EAST, while Pittsburgh is 19-12 overall and 6-3 in the league. Georgetown, which has lost its last six conference games, has lost seven of their eight league games by a combined total of 10 runs, with four one-run decision and three two-run games.
Sophomore pitcher Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade), who is carrying a 2.65 earned run average in 17.0 innings, is slated to start Friday night's opener against the Panthers. Junior Will Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) threw 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on nine hits last weekend in the second game against WVU and is expected to start the back end of the doubleheader. Overall this season, he is 1-2 with a 3.38 earned run average in 36.0 innings pitched.
Sophomore shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) leads the team in batting this season with a .358 average (49-of-137), leading the team with 12 doubles and 31 RBI, while posting a .511 slugging percentage. He is fifth in the league in batting and leads all batters in hits.
Pittsburgh enters the weekend with a 19-12 overall record following a loss to Penn State on Wednesday. The Panthers improved to 6-3 in BIG EAST play last weekend with a three-game sweep of Villanova.
Junior left-handed pitcher Matt Iannazzo (3-2, 2.74 earned run average) is slated to start Friday night's game. Freshman Ethan Mildren (3-2, 2.83 ERA) should start the second game of the series and senior Corey Baker (2-1, 5.40) is expected to start the third game. Senior catcher Kevan Smith leads the team in batting with a .425 average (48-for-113) and is second on the team with 34 RBI, while senior outfielder John Schultz leads the team with seven home runs and 36 RBI.