Timmy Jones Two-Run Shot Splits Doubleheader with Seton Hall in BIG EAST Baseball
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -Georgetown (13-33, 3-22) spilt a doubleheader with Seton Hall (20-22, 9-12) Saturday, dropping the first game 8-7 before winning the second on a two-run bomb from Timmy Jones (Ledgewood, N.J./Morristown) to prevail 8-7 on Owen T. Caroll Field.
In the seven-inning opener, Seton Hall led 3-0 until the Hoya third when Georgetown railed off three runs of its own to tie the ballgame at 3-3. The Pirates lashed back with five runs through the fifth to lead 8-3 heading into the Georgetown sixth. The Hoyas knocked in three more in the sixth, holding Seton Hall scoreless.
In the top of the seventh, second baseman Matt Carullo (Oakton, Va./Paul VI) led off with a single up the middle and Ted Oberwager (Bryn Mawr, Pa./The Episcopal Academy) him as a pinch-runner. Billy Quinn (Alta Loma, Calif./Alta Loma) stepped to the plate and reached on a fielders choice, forcing Oberwager at second. Andrew Cleary (Weston, Mass./Belmont Hill School), who earlier in the game smacked his 12th home run of the season, then struck out. With two outs, designated hitter Michael Lombardi (Brookhaven Hamlet, N.Y./St. Anthony's) doubled to right field, scoring Quinn all the way from first. With the tying run standing on second base, Drew Dargen popped out to center to end the game.
Patrick Salvitti (North Wales, Pa./La Salle College) (2-4) pitched his fifth complete game of the season, an 11-hitter, surrendering five earned runs and stirking out four.
In the second game, Kevin Field (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) took the hill for Georgetown, entering the game as the Hoyas' active leader in career strikeouts. Field lived up to his reputation, striking out the first batter he faced. Field induced the next hitter to fly out for the inning's second out before walking three in a row to load the bases. A wild pitch scored one and an error brought two more across as the shellshocked Hoyas found themselves in an early hole. A single brought across yet another run and Field made an early departure, giving the ball to sophomore Travis Danysh (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights). The first batter faced singled to load the bases and Danysh walked a pair of runs in before the 12th batter of the inning hit a fly ball to center for the third out.
Georgetown failed to score in the second and Seton Hall led off with a solo home run against reliever Stephen Burns (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) in the second to extend the lead to 7-0. The Hoyas finally picked up a run in the fourth when Quinn homered to center, closing the gap slightly at 7-1.
For the remainder of the game Burns and the Georgetown defense had Seton Hall's number. The Pirates; solo shot in the second proved the final run Seton Hall would score as Burns fanned five through eight innings of work, allowing just four hits as the Hoya defense gobbled up everything behind him.
Georgetown put four across in the fifth when Ron Cano (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) and Jones singled and Carullo doubled down the right field line, scoring one. Lombardi singled next to score Jones and Carullo, advancing to second on a wild pitch. Quinn drove in Lombardi for the final run of the inning before Seton Hall could recover and record three outs.
Down 7-5, Georgetown added another in the sixth when Carullo drove in Cano to make it 7-6 before finally cooling off in a scoreless seventh.
In the eighth Jim Supple (Summit, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) led off with a sharp hit to the first baseman, handcuffing the fielder and reaching on an error. Cano delivered a sacrifice bunt to move Supple to second and Jones heroically homered to center to put Georgetown in the lead, 8-7. Georgetown loaded the bases with one out, but Seton Hall was able to retire the side.
Seton Hall failed to mount a rally in the final two innings allowing Jones' homer to stand as Georgetown picked up the 8-7 win, splitting the doubleheader.
Burns (2-2) earned the win, falling one strikeout short of 20 on the season.