BETHESDA, Md. ? With the third most productive offensive outing of the season Wednesday, Georgetown (12-32) defeated George Mason (26-15) 17-14 at Shirley Povich Field despite surrendering six runs in the final inning to the Patriots. All but one Hoya starter recorded a hit and only two Hoyas failed to drive in at least one run.
Mason jumped to an early 3-1 lead before Georgetown put four across in the third and six across in the fourth to take control for good. Billy Quinn (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma) , Robert O?Hare (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) , and Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) each hit home runs as Quinn posted his tenth multi-RBI performance of the season with four RBI. O?Hare and Timmy Jones (Ledgewood, N.J./Ledgewood) each went 3-for-5 with O?Hare knocking in three runs.
George Mason brought two across in the first with Chris Looze?s two-out two-run shot to right to make it 2-0 Patriots. Georgetown got one back in the second when Andrew Cleary (Weston, Mass./Belmont Hill School) took one for the team, Quinn singled, and Drew Dargen (Edmond, Okla./Edmond North) advanced on a catcher interference to load the bases. Cano drew a walk to score Cleary and the Hoyas trailed 2-1.
The Patriots put one across in the third before Georgetown?s bats truly came alive. With one out Lombardi walked, then Cleary doubled off the wall in center to put Hoyas on second and third. Quinn doubled through the gap in right to score two and O?Hare drove an impressive shot over the fence in right, clearing the bases.
With a 5-3 lead Georgetown retired Mason in the top of the fourth to enter a scorer?s dream of an inning for GU. Danny Gronski (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) reached on an error by the third baseman (E5) and Jones dragged a bunt down the first base line for a hit (1B BU), moving Gronski to third on a throwing error by the pitcher (E1). With runners on the corners, Jones stole second (SB). Matt Carullo (Oakton, Va./Paul VI) (RBI) reached on a throwing error by the second baseman (E4), and advanced to second, scoring Jones and Gronski. Carullo advanced to third on a wild pitch (WP) and Lombardi walked (BB), bringing in the reliever, Josh Morrison. Lombardi advanced to second and Carullo scored on a balk (BK) and Cleary walked (BB), putting runners on first and second with no out.
Mason recorded the first out on a fly to right (F9) and the second on a deep fly to left (F7). With two outs (2 outs) Dargen doubled to left-center (2B), bringing in two (2 RBI). Cano stepped up and doubled (2B) in Dargen (RBI) to make it 11-3. Gronski came up to bat again and drew a two-out walk (BB) and pitcher Morrison joined Patriots? starter Jason Mills as Jeff Dinwoodie took the ball. Dinwoodie walked Jones (BB) to load the bases (put ducks on the pond) and finally, the inning came to an end with a 6-4, forcing Jones out at second.
Quinn homered in the fifth, bringing Cleary across as Georgetown increased the lead to 13-4 and Jones drove Gronski across in the sixth for another to make it 14-4 Hoyas.
Ted Oberwager (Bryn Mawr, Pa./The Episcopal School) replaced Hoya starter Eduardo Pena (Miami, Fla./Michael Krop) for the seventh giving up a leadoff single but retiring the next two he faced to seemingly end the threat. Robby Jacobsen drove a laser through Dargen?s glove at first and the Patriots followed it with a walk and a triple, eventually scoring four to cut the lead to 14-8.
Georgetown responded with a long-ball eighth, lighting up the Patriots for two home runs, both solo shots from O?Hare and Cano to record GU?s 16th run. Georgetown suffered only its second scoreless inning of the game in the eighth, three out from victory and leading 17-8.
George Mason battled valiantly, putting the first five men on base through three walks and a hit batsmen before Georgetown recorded two outs. Mason would eventually score six, but the Hoyas held for a 17-14 victory.
Pena (1-6) picked up the win, the first of his collegiate career, pitching six solid innings, striking out three.
Georgetown concludes its 2003 regular season with a three-game set against Seton Hall on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. The Hoyas and Pirates play two on Saturday, starting at noon, and wrap up the series with a third game on Sunday, also at noon.