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National Power Virginia Fells Hoyas

Senior infielder Chip Malt's run scored gave the Hoyas a lead they couldn't hold.
Senior infielder Chip Malt’s run scored gave the Hoyas a lead they couldn’t hold.

The Hoyas traveled to Charlottesville, Va., this week, hoping to pull off a monster upset against the University of Virginia Cavaliers, the No. 1 team in the nation.

Unfortunately, the Cinderella Hoyas did not find their glass slipper as Georgetown was manhandled by the Cavs, falling by a score of 10-5.

With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 19-22 on the year. The Blue and Gray are currently on a four- game skid.

The start of the game looked promising for Georgetown, as it was the Hoyas who drew first blood. Although the Blue and Gray were unable to score after loading the bases in the first inning, they did manage a run in the second. A leadoff walk from senior second baseman Chip Malt paved the way for sophomore catcher Kevin Johnson, who doubled down the left field line, scoring Malt to give the Hoyas a 1-0 lead.

As per the first inning, however, Georgetown had some unfinished business that they failed to attend to. Despite a triple from senior centerfielder Tommy Lee, which put runners on the corners after sophomore right fielder Rand Ravnaas drew a walk, the Hoyas were unable to build upon their lead and stranded the runners.

The Hoyas’ lead was short-lived, as the Cavaliers struck back in the bottom of the inning against junior Jared Cohen, scoring two runs. Cohen was pulled in the following inning, but the switch did not do anything to limit the Virginia offense, as the Cavaliers scored three runs in the third off of freshman reliever Tommy Polus.

The pitching carousel continued over the next two innings and yielded the same result. The Cavs added five more runs over the next two innings off of senior Cary Piligian and sophomore Bobby Kirby, respectively, extending their advantage to 10-1.

Barring a comeback of epic proportions, the outcome of the game was decided. At this point, the Hoyas were playing for pride.

They did so valiantly, outscoring the Cavaliers 4-0 over the final four innings of the ballgame. Junior Pablo Vinent, freshman James Heine and freshman Neal Dennison collectively stopped the bleeding on the mound, combining for three scoreless innings of relief.

Despite the 10-5 loss, the Hoyas had a solid day on offense, especially considering the caliber of talent on the other side of the diamond; the Blue and Gray recorded 10 hits. However, they also left 11 runners on base.

Georgetown also committed two errors. It’s no secret that fielding has been a problem for this team. If the Hoyas are going to achieve any level of success over the remainder of the season, it is crucial that the defense elevates their currently substandard level of play.

Up next for the Hoyas is a three-game stretch in Philadelphia against the Villanova Wildcats. Like Georgetown, Villanova has had marginal success in conference play. If the Hoyas want to break out of the Big East cellar, now is the time.

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