Georgetown Squeaks Then Storms to Victory in Baseball Doubleheader
April 15, 2003
BETHESDA, Md. – One was a final inning squeaker and one was not as Georgetown baseball (9-23) swept a Tuesday doubleheader with Coppin State (6-21), downing the Eagles 6-5 and 19-6 on Shirley Povich Field for its first home win of the season.
Danny Gronski (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) posted back-to-back multi-hit games while four starters hit above .500 in the two game set. Timmy Jones (Ledgewood, N.J./Morristown) continued his hot streak going 4-for-8 with a triple and four RBI while Andrew Cleary (Weston, Mass./Belmont Hill School) launched his fourth home run in seven games en route to a three RBI day.
The first game (seven innings) was colored with Georgetown miscues as Coppin State jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead thanks in large part to a two-run blast to left by the Eagles’ Juan Miranda. The Hoyas nibbled at the lead with Matt Carullo’s Oakton, Va./Paul VI) triple into the right field corner and a sac fly from Michael Lombardi (Brookhaven Hamlet, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) to close the gap to 3-1 after one.
Starter Patrick Salvitti fanned two in the second allowing Georgetown to take a big bite out of the lead in its next at-bats, scoring two off of Jones’ fielder’s choice and Carullo’s second hit of the game, a deep drive over the centerfielder’s head to tie it up 3-3.
The Eagles responded with a run in the third and another in the fourth, going up 5-3 as the Georgetown bats fell silent until the sixth when a single to the left side for Robert O’Hare (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) injected some life into the Hoyas. Jim Supple (Summit, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) and Gronski followed with a one-baggers to load the bases with one out. Red-hot Jones punched a single down the leftfield side to score two and suddenly the Hoyas were deafening, tied 5-5. Coppin State rallied with a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning, but momentum had swung the Hoyas’ way.
Despite some consternation, the Hoyas retired the side in the top of the seventh keeping the score even. Cleary grounded out to lead off but Quinn picked up first on a fielding error by the Eagles’ shortstop to begin the rally. O’Hare doubled into center putting men on second and third , leading to an intentional walk for the dangerous Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo). Supple stepped to the plate with one out and the game on the line and chipped the second pitch off his bat towards first. Quinn charged for home as the Eagles’ first baseman scooped the rolling ball and tried to make the force. Sliding in a cloud of dust, Quinn touched ahead of the play to win it for the Hoyas. Salvitti (2-1) pitched a complete game, striking out four and allowing five runs.
The second game began like a nine round prizefight, and ended with a TKO in the seventh. Georgetown jumped to an early 1-0 lead after Jones tripled, scoring on the next at-bat. Coppin State settled, turning an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play and then shelling the Hoyas in their half of the second for three runs to take a 3-1 lead.
Georgetown countered by batting around in its second frame with seven-runs, three singles, a walk, and the capper, a three-run blast for Billy Quinn (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma), his fourth of the season, giving the Hoyas an 8-3 lead. Coppin State stung Georgetown for two with a right cross in the third but the Hoyas answered the bell and started throwing haymakers in the third inning. Batting around for the second time in a row, Georgetown amassed six runs on three singles, two doubles, a walk, a hit batsman, and, once again, a Quinn dinger, putting the Hoyas ahead 14-5.
Coppin State stranded two in the fourth while GU’s onslaught ebbed, putting up singles in the fourth and fifth to stretch the lead to 16-5. Ron Cano accounted for the lone run in the fourth, leading off with a home run, his first of the season and welcome relief from a walk in the second and a fastball in the back in the third.
Cleary drove a three-run bomb in the sixth to extend the lead to 19-5 and after Tyler Abbott (Shoreline, Wash./Shorewood) struck out three in the Eagles’ seventh the game was called.
In relief for starter Stephen Burns (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep), Tom O’Connor (Philadelphia, Pa./LaSalle College) (1-1) earned the win through two flawless innings of work.
Georgetown hopes to continue its home streak while hosting Catholic University on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m.