After securing two wins at Villanova this weekend, the Georgetown baseball team has already equaled last season’s conference win total and inched back up to .500.
Strong outings from senior Will Harris and sophomore Jack Vander Linden and a balanced attack at the plate have allowed the Hoyas (18-18, 5-7) to win four of their last five games and two of the last three against the Wildcats (19-18, 4-8).
Harris’ stifling six-inning performance – seven hits allowed and one unearned run – kicked off the weekend series Friday afternoon. The Georgetown lineup supported their senior hurler well, scoring six runs over the first six innings.
Highlights during that stretch included a two-hit, two-RBI performance from junior Trevor Matern and a three-for-three day for junior Paul Bello. Bello’s fellow outfielders junior Justin Leeson and senior Rand Ravnaas each added an RBI.
Although Georgetown had the lead for most of the game, Villanova clawed back in the seventh and eighth innings to bring the score to 6-5. But the Wildcats couldn’t finish their comeback, and junior Charles Steinman tossed a perfect ninth to earn his third save of the year.
Steinman couldn’t replicate that performance Saturday, however, when he was called to close out a back-and-forth game that saw a total of 19 runs scored. The Hoyas tagged the Villanova bullpen for four runs in the eighth to take an 8-7 lead but had a horrendous tally of five errors in the bottom of the inning, coughing up three runs.
Led again by Matern, who had two RBIs, Georgetown added another run in the top of the ninth to bring the score to 10-9, but still fell short. Overall, eight Hoyas had at least one hit and an RBI.
But the Blue and Gray bounced back well Sunday on the right arm of sophomore pitcher Jack Vander Linden. He threw seven strong innings and allowed only two runs on six hits. The righty also had four strikeouts.
Vander Linden also benefited from support on offense, which scored eight runs on 12 hits. Leading the charge were senior catcher Kevin Johnson and junior infielder Danny Poplawski, each of whom had two RBIs. Leeson, Matern, senior infielder Andy Lentz and sophomore outfielder Christian Venditti each chipped in an RBI.
With a big lead, redshirt senior Pablo Vinent came on in the eighth in relief of Vander Linden and tossed two scoreless innings, sealing the 8-2 victory.
The Hoyas hope to stick to their winning ways when they meet Coppin State Wednesday in Baltimore. The last time these two teams met, Georgetown won a 17-11 offensive shootout. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.