Hoyas Drop Coppin State in Ten
BETHESDA, Md. - Georgetown (11-32) allowed Coppin State (9-24) only three hits in seven innings but still required extra frames to settle the result Tuesday with a walk-off walk in a 10-9 win on Shirley Povich Field. Every Hoya hit safely save one – Robert O’Hare (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), who more than made up for it with a tenth inning bases loaded walk to win the game.
Georgetown starter Travis Danysh (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) pitched seven sublime innings, giving up just three hits and three runs while striking out six while his Hoya mates put up six of their own. But a late seesaw battle began with Coppin State scoring five in the eighth to take the lead 8-7, then Georgetown rebounding for two of its own to reclaim top spot 9-8 going into the ninth. The Eagles eked out the tying run and the teams headed for extra innings.
Coppin State earned a walk in the extra session but reliever Stephen Burns (West Chester, Pa./Malvern) retired the threat, setting up a bases loaded two-out situation for O’Hare. 0-for-5 on the afternoon, O’Hare earned the pass, securing the win for the Hoyas and giving Georgetown a 4-0 record against the Eagles this season. Burns (1-2) earned his first collegiate win, pitching one and two-thirds with three strikeouts.
Matt Carullo (Oakton, Va.Paul VI) doubled through the gap in left and Andrew Cleary (Weston, Mass./Belmont Hill School) homered for the 11th time this season to give the Hoyas a 2-0 lead in the first. Timmy Jones (Ledgewood, N.J./Morristown) singled through the middle to score Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) and increase the lead to 3-0 after two.
Hoya hurler Danysh was smoke on the mound, striking out four and carrying a no-hitter through three. The Eagles’ first hit was an RBI double in the fourth, ending Danysh’s bid for Hoya immortality and closing the gap to 3-1.
Georgetown added three in the fifth on a series of Eagles’ misplays allowing Drew Dargen (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North) , Danny Gronski (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) and Jones to cross the plate, bumping the lead up to 6-1.
While Georgetown’s offense scored, its defense continued to shine through five as Danysh whiffed two in the fifth to maintain the lead. In the Eagles’ sixth, Coppin State produced only its second hit of the game, Adam Figueroa’s two-run home run to center to make it 6-3.
Gronski scored for the second time off of Carullo’s two-out RBI single in the sixth, putting GU up 7-3.
Danysh was replaced by Thomas Braun (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) to start what turned out to be an albatross of an eighth. The voodoo began with the Hoyas dropping a fly in right and committing a fielding error at short before four straight hits rocked five across the plate to give Coppin State an improbable 8-7 lead. It would take three Hoya relievers to stem the bleeding before Michael Halloran (Canton, N.Y./Williams) finally stepped up and shut the door on the bases-loaded Eagles, striking out the first batter faced and inducing an inning-ending groundout to retire the side.
Georgetown got back in the swing of things the blue collar way, leading off with a hit batsman and dropping down a sac bunt to move the runner to second. Coppin State recorded the Hoyas’ second out, but GU put a man on third with leading hitter Michael Lombardi (Brookhaven Hamlet, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) at the plate. Lombardi lashed a single to right to score the tying run and, two batters later, Billy Quinn (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma) singled to left to make it Georgetown 9-8.
The Coppin curse got Halloran in the ninth when the Eagles put together three consecutive hits to score the tying run, bringing Burns to the mound for the Hoyas. With two on and one out, Burns followed Halloran’s earlier lead, whiffing his first batter and then striking out the side to end the Coppin ninth.
Georgetown went down in a row in the ninth, sending the game into extra innings. Burns struck out the first batter and retired the side in the Eagles’ tenth to set up the Hoyas for some drama. Putting on their work gloves, Georgetown began the tenth eerily like it began the ninth, leaning into the first pitch to gain first and then sacrificing the runner to second. This time a deep fly brought two-out, a man on second, and Cleary to the plate. The Eagles opted to walk Cleary intentionally and then walked ninth inning hero Quinn, setting up bases loaded with two-out and the fate of the game resting on O’Hare’s shoulders. The only hitless Hoya in the game, O’Hare took three straight balls, then two strikes, bringing the count full. O’Hare dug in and watched the fourth ball pass inside, taking his base and earning the Hoyas the win.
Georgetown plays its final regular season home game on Tuesday, April 30 when the George Mason Patriots visit Shirley Povich Field at 2 p.m. Admission is free.