ANAPOLIS, MD. - Two outs from victory Thursday, Georgetown (9-30) surrendered a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth for a 10-9 loss to Navy (17-18) at Max Bishop Stadium.
Despite superb hitting at the top of the order, Georgetown faced problems on the mound and in the field, commiting two costly errors to lead to Navy scores. The Hoyas' first four batters hit a combined 10-for-18 (.556), scoring four and driving in four, but the consistent Midshipmen remained one hit ahead.
Navy took the lead in the second, scoring on a Georgetown throwing error to go up 1-0 before the Hoyas tied it with Matt Carullo's (Oakton, Va./Paul VI) RBI single up the middle, scoring Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo).
The Midshipmen added a single in the fourth and two in the fifth, staking the home team to a 4-1 lead.
Georgetown's bats exploded in the top of the sixth for four runs as Carullo, Michael Lombardi (Brookhaven Hamlet, N.Y./St. Anthony's), Andrew Cleary Weston, Mass./Belmont Hill School), and Billy Quinn (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma) hit safely, bringing one run across and loading the bases. Drew Dargen grounded into a fielder's choice, bringing the second run of the inning across the plate before Danny Gronski (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) lashed his first collegiate triple to left center, scoring two and leapfrogging the Hoyas into a 5-4 lead.
Navy rallied to score three in the sixth and another in the seventh to recapture the lead, 8-5 but the Hoyas fought for another four-run inning in the eighth to tilt the scales back in Georgetown's favor. Cleary and Quinn reached safely to lead off the inning and Drew Dargen (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North) drove an RBI double to right, scoring one to start the rally. The next batter struck out but Gronski walked to load the bases for Cano who grounded out to second, scoring Quinn and making it 8-7. Jones stepped up and laced a single into right field, scoring Gronski and Dargen and giving Georgetown a slim 9-8 advantage going into the Navy eighth.
Michael Halloran (Canton, N.Y./Williams) entered in relief for the Hoyas, allowing just one hit in the eighth while striking out one to hold on to the lead. Georgetown went three and out in the ninth, leaving the game in the hands of the Hoya defense.
Halloran fanned the first batter in the ninth but surrendered two singles, giving the Midshipmen men on first and second. Third baseman Doug Silverman, already with two hits and two runs in the game, cracked a double down the right field line, scoring two and ending the game for the Hoyas.
Though he pitched effectively for the most part, Halloran (1-2) absorbed the loss.
Georgetown travels to Villanova to take on the Wildcats this weekend in a three game series, beginning with a Saturday doubleheader on April 26 and concluding with the series finale Sunday, April 27. Both games begin at noon.
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