Georgetown Baseball Drops Two to Pitt in BIG EAST Home Finale
April 19, 2003
BETHESDA, Md. – Georgetown’s (9-26, 1-17) offense managed just six runs in two games as the Pittsburgh Panthers (29-12, 10-7) swept Saturday’s doubleheader 11-3 and 8-3 at Shirley Povich Field in BIG EAST baseball.
Georgetown managed just four hits in the first seven-inning affair, scoring all of its runs in the fourth while Pitt worked economically, putting 11 runs across on nine hits. Michael Lombardi (Brookhaven Hamlet, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) accounted for half of GU’s hits, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Billy Quinn (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma) continued to move runners, recording his 12th RBI in three games with a two-run shot in the fourth. Georgetown played eight solid innings in the second game, but a cataclysmic seventh proved the margin in an 8-3 loss. The Hoyas put up one more hit in the series finale but struck out 11 times.
In the second inning of the opening game Pitt recorded its first hit, making the most of it with a solo home run to put the Panthers up 1-0. Pitt put up two more in the third on the power of a two-run shot to left, and one across in the fourth before starter Kevin Field (Moorsetown, N.J./Moorsetown) regained his composure, working back from a 3-0 count to win a 10-pitch battle with the final batter to record his third strikeout.
Lombardi began the GU rally with a leadoff home run in the fourth, his first of the season, making it 4-1 Pitt. Andrew Cleary (Weston, Mass./Belmont Hill School) walked and Quinn blasted his sixth dinger of the season to close the gap to 4-3.
Field gave up his sixth walk and third home run of the game in the fifth before retiring for the afternoon, down 7-3. Panther reliever Adam Luckette retired the next eight Hoya batters in a row, giving up no hits and no runs in the final three innings as the Pitt offense put up four more in the sixth for an 11-3 final.
Kevin Field (1-3) was saddled with the loss, giving up seven runs on five hits with three strikeouts.
Pena started took the mound in the second game, surviving two bases loaded at-bats in the third, rescued on a leaping stab and putout at home from first baseman Jim Supple and a nasty K that froze the Panthers’ leading hitter to end the inning. Pitt retired the first two Hoyas in the third before giving up a double to the wall in right to Matt Carullo (Oakton, Va./Paul VI) and intentionally walking Georgetown’s top hitter, Lombardi. Hoya power hitter Cleary stepped in and drilled a run scoring single to shallow center to give Georgetown the 1-0 lead.
Pittsburgh’s highly touted starter Jeff Barnyak retired seven in a row through the fifth, four by strikeout, while Pena kept pace with two Ks of his own, allowing just one hit in the fourth and fifth, but it was Georgetown that cracked first. The Panthers put the first two on in the sixth, scoring a run and then, two outs later, hitting a run-scoring single to put UP up 2-1.
Georgetown exploited a chink in the Panthers’ armor in the sixth, capitalizing on a throwing error by the third baseman to establish a runner on second with one out. Quinn stepped to the plate and clobbered an RBI double to tie the ballgame at 2-2 but found himself stranded at third after Barnyak fanned his ninth batter to end the threat.
The nightmare seventh began innocuously enough with a walk, but a safely hit bunt put two on with no out. A grounder to Pena moved the runners over, leading to an intentional walk of one of Pitt’s most dangerous hitters, Tom Cashman, but the strategy backfired as the next batter singled in a run and Stuart Rykaceski doubled to bring three across. Pena recorded the second out before being replaced by Michael Halloran (Canton, N.Y./Williams) who struck out the final batter to bring on the relief of the seventh inning stretch.
Halloran continued to pitch solidly, striking out two of three in the UP eighth while Carullo led off with a sharp single to right, but Pitt turned the double play to snuff any rally. Georgetown put up its final run in the ninth on a leadoff home run for, none other than Billy Quinn, but 8-3 was the closest it would get.
Pena (0-6), pitching six and two thirds innings with four strikeouts, earned the loss.
Georgetown travels to West Virginia to play a doubleheader with the Mountaineers on Monday, April 21 at 2 p.m.