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GU Notches First ’04 Win But Loses Quinn to Injury

The Georgetown baseball team picked up its first win of the season over the weekend, but dropped two of three overall at Davidson.

More significant was the loss of junior right fielder Billy Quinn, who sustained an injury to his knee in the first game of the series.

Quinn, who was second on the team in both home runs and RBIs last season, injured his leg hitting in the fourth inning. He is likely out for at least a couple of weeks, according to head coach Pete Wilk.

The Hoyas certainly missed Quinn’s presence in the lineup. In both their losses, the team managed just four hits.

“We’re going to have to keep experimenting,” Wilk said about replacing Quinn. “We’ve got three or four guys in the picture, but someone’s going to have to step up.”

Georgetown (1-4) came within two outs of winning the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Hoyas held a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Davidson third baseman and pitcher Jay Heafner laced a two-run single to give the Wildcats a 5-4 win their last at bat.

Sophomore starter Warren Sizemore opened the inning and quickly recorded an out but then gave up two straight singles. Junior ichael Halloran relieved Sizemore, but walked his first batter to load the bases. After a strikeout, Heafner hit Halloran’s 1-0 pitch to left field to record the game winning RBI.

The Hoyas got out to a slow start in the game and Davidson (2-1) led 3-0 before Georgetown got on the board in the fourth inning. In that inning, sophomore center fielder Timmy Jones walked and advanced to second when Quinn was injured. Senior catcher Mike Lombardi singled through the right side to score Jones.

Georgetown would tie the game in the fifth thanks to a pair of Davidson errors. The Hoyas took advantage of the miscues, as senior DH Ron Cano hit a sacrifice fly and freshman Derek deGrijs contributed with his first collegiate hit, an RBI single. DeGrijs had replaced Quinn in right field.

The Hoyas took a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Jones scored on a fly ball that Michael Muniz dropped in centerfield. Georgetown’s advantage was short-lived however, as Heafner’s game-winning single came in the bottom of the inning.

Sizemore (0-2) gave up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.

Georgetown rebounded in the nightcap thanks to strong pitching performances from junior Eddie Pena and freshman Erick Chandler. The pair combined for 12 strikeouts and led the Hoyas to a 4-3 victory in 10 innings.

Lombardi walked to lead off the tenth and deGrijs replaced him as a pinch runner. Cleary sacrificed him to second, and Jones and Gronski walked to load the bases. Davidson pitcher Justin Hartanov then hit sophomore first baseman Drew Dargen to bring in a run.

“The first game Saturday sticks in my craw,” Wilk said. “We had a lead and couldn’t hold it. But we had the guts, leadership and heart to pull out a 10-inning win in a game that started just 30 minutes later.”

Georgetown opened up a 2-0 lead in the third inning, when junior catcher Andrew Cleary hit an RBI single with the bases loaded, followed by Jones’ sacrifice fly.

Pena allowed just one base runner in the first three innings but struggled in the fourth. The Wildcats scored two runs on three hits and an error to tie the game. Davidson would add a run in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.

The Hoyas evened the score in the sixth with Gronski’s second homerun of the year, a solo shot to left field. The score stayed at 3-3 as the game moved into extra innings, when Georgetown would eventually win it.

Pena pitched well, giving up just four hits and two walks while striking out five. But it was Chandler (1-0) who picked up the victory. The freshman pitched four strong innings of relief, striking out seven Wildcats against just one hit.

“I’m ecstatic about Chandler’s performance,” Wilk said. “We had good pitching the entire weekend. If we pitch like this, I’m going to be pretty happy.”

Davidson pitcher Brian Akin returned the favor on Sunday, tossing eight shutout innings in a 4-0 win. Akin had a career-high 11 strikeouts and gave up just four hits and a walk in eight innings.

“He was pretty damn good,” Wilk said. “He was throwing high-80s to low-90s with a plus slider. We just didn’t adjust well to the slider.”

The Hoyas struggled offensively all day. Jones was the only hitter to reach base twice (1-for-2 with a hit by pitch) and Lombardi, who doubled in the fourth, was the only runner to make it as far as second base.

Akin got all the support he would need in the bottom of the second. Muniz doubled to start the inning and advanced to third on a passed ball. He later scored on a fielder’s choice.

Davidson added three runs insurance in the bottom of the eighth to increase its lead.

Sophomore Stephen Burns (0-2) was the hard-luck loser on the day, giving up just one run on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

The Hoyas will face George Washington in Arlington, Va., today at 2:30 p.m., and will open up their home schedule on Wednesday with a 2:30 p.m. matchup with Mount St. Mary’s at Shirley Povich Field.

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