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Hoya Notebook

BASEBALL

April 15

Georgetown baseball won its first two home games last week, squeaking by Coppin State in the first game of a doubleheader and then crushing the Eagles in the second game.

Senior Pat Salvitti led the Hoyas in the first game with his second straight complete game win.

With Georgetown trailing 5-3 in the sixth, freshman Timmy Jones came through with a two-run single that tied the game. Georgetown then won it in the bottom of the seventh inning. After an intentional walk to junior Ron Cano that loaded the bases, sophomore Jim Supple singled in the winning run to give Georgetown a thrilling 6-5 victory.

The second game was not nearly as close, as the Hoyas’ offense overcame five Georgetown errors to clobber Coppin State, 19-6.

Georgetown scored in every inning and hit four home runs, including two by sophomore Billy Quinn.

Coppin State briefly led, 3-1, after scoring three times in the top of the second. Yet Georgetown exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 8-3.

The Eagles made it 8-5 after scoring twice in the third inning, but Georgetown broke through with six more runs to take a 14-5 lead.

Georgetown would go on to score five more runs, while the excellent relief work of junior Tom O’Connor and freshman Patrick Gallagher helped Georgetown to a doubleheader sweep.

– Jon Shoup-Mendizabal

April 17

Georgetown dropped a home game to Catholic last Thursday night, as the Hoyas struggled on the mound and in the field.

Six Hoya pitchers combined to surrender 17 runs (14 earned) on 15 hits and 11 walks. The Cardinals’ pitching did not fare much better and Georgetown actually outhit Catholic, but five errors by the Hoyas helped Catholic come out on top.

Offensively, Quinn had his second consecutive five-RBI game and freshman Danny Gronski went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and an RBI.

Catholic led 3-1 early but Georgetown pulled ahead with three runs in the bottom of the third. The Hoyas had four straight singles to start the inning and senior Rob O’Hare’s run-scoring double gave Georgetown a 4-3 lead.

After both teams scored twice in the fourth, Catholic regained the lead with three runs in the fifth to go ahead 8-6. Georgetown stayed close until the top of the eighth inning, when the Cardinals touched home five times and began to pull away with a 15-8 advantage.

The deficit proved too great for the Hoyas to overcome. Three runs in the bottom of the eighth brought Georgetown within four runs, but Catholic put the finishing touches on a 17-11 win by scoring one last time in the top of the ninth.

– Jon Shoup-Mendizabal

April 19

The Hoyas lost both ends of a home doubleheader to Big East rival Pittsburgh last Saturday. In both games Georgetown kept the conference’s highest scoring offense in check early on, only to have the Panthers pull away late in the game.

Quinn continued his hot hitting with two more homers and four RBIs on the day. Meanwhile, Jones had his nine-game hitting streak snapped in the second game.

In the opener, Pittsburgh built a 4-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth. Georgetown hit two home runs in the inning, a solo shot by junior Michael Lombardi and a two-run shot by Quinn, to pull within one.

The Hoyas seemed to have the momentum, but Georgetown failed to get another hit during the game, while Pittsburgh scored seven more runs in the next two innings to win easily, 11-3.

Georgetown led early in the second game after sophomore Andrew Cleary’s RBI single in the third. Sophomore Eddie Pena pitched five scoreless innings and was again victimized by poor run support. In Pena’s last seven starts, the offense has managed an average of just 2.3 runs per game.

Pena was knocked out of the game after surrendering two runs in the sixth and five in the seventh, giving Pittsburgh the lead en route to an 8-3 victory.

– Jon Shoup-Mendizabal

April 21

Georgetown lost its fourth and fifth consecutive games at West Virginia on Monday, thanks to strong pitching from the ountaineers’ starters.

In the opener, West Virginia’s Jason DiAngelo had a no-hitter going into the fifth and finished with a seven-inning, complete game one-hitter.

Georgetown’s best opportunity to score came in the first inning, when DiAngelo walked the first two batters. Jones, however, was picked off and Gronski was caught stealing to end the threat.

Salvitti pitched his third complete game of the year, but lost for the first time as a starter. West Virginia scored twice in the second, twice in the fifth and once in the sixth to win, 5-0.

The Hoyas took a 2-0 lead early in the second game. Cleary walked to start the second inning, and Quinn followed with a home run, his fifth in six games. But West Virginia got another strong pitching performance from Zac Cline, who held the Hoyas to eight hits while striking out 10 over nine innings.

The Mountaineer offense did its part as well, responding to Georgetown’s runs by scoring four times in its half of the inning. Freshman Warren Sizemore pitched five innings for the Hoyas but was saddled with his fifth loss of the year as West Virginia went on to win, 9-2.

– Jon Shoup-Mendizabal

MEN’S TENNIS

April 15

On April 15, the men’s tennis team went up against West Virginia in its final match of the season. The Hoyas unfortunately lost 2-5 to close out the year with a 2-9 overall record and a 1-5 record against Big East opponents.

The Hoyas were especially hammered in doubles play, losing all three matches to resilient West Virginia players. The No. 1 team, comprised of senior Marc Lohser and sophomore Eric Bildman, came up short in their opening match, losing 5-8. At No. 2, junior Dennis Cravedi and sophomore Ryan Peisel fell to their opponents 4-8. The No. 3 tandem of sophomore Chad Mihalick and senior Chris Kindler were defeated as well to the tune of 5-8. The three-match sweep of the Hoyas gave West Virginia a 1-0 point advantage heading into singles play.

The Hoyas fared slightly better in singles competition, however, taking victories in two of the six head-to-head matchups. In the No. 1 slot, Cravedi lost his match in straight sets, going out 2-6, 2-6. At No. 2, Lohser closed out his collegiate career with a come-from-behind victory against West Virginia’s Tony Epkey, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Senior Chris Belelieu, playing in the No. 3 match, lost in straight sets 1-6, 3-6. Bildman chalked up Georgetown’s only other victory of the day, beating West Virginia’s J.R. Randall in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2. Freshman Eric Conrad and Peisel both lost in straight sets, with Conrad going down 1-6, 5-7 at No. 5 and Peisel yielding 5-7, 1-6 at No. 6.

– Jules Theil

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

April 19

Last season, the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team depended heavily on the scoring presence of one player – Erin Elbe (COL ’02). This season Head Coach Kim Simons has emphasized the team’s balance, but the Hoyas went back to their old ways when they faced the No. 16 Fighting Irish on Saturday.

Senior attack Wick Stanwick, who was averaging just over two goals per game coming in, tallied nine goals to lead Georgetown to a thrilling 16-15 overtime victory over Notre Dame. The count sets a new Big East record for goals in a single game.

Stanwick did not miss a shot in the first half, scoring four and putting Georgetown up 5-1 at the break. While the Hoya offense relied on Stanwick to get things done, the defense found little help anywhere, letting Notre Dame right back into the game. The Irish put up a 12-goal second half, opening the scoring just 47 seconds into the period. The rest of the half was marked by streaks from both teams; the Irish put together a four-goal string, and the Hoyas answered with three of their own. Georgetown held a 10-7 lead when the Irish attack reeled off six straight to take a 13-10 lead. The Hoyas finished regulation with three of their own, however, to force an extra period.

Georgetown capitalized on three consecutive free-position shots to take a three-goal overtime lead. Sophomore attack Sarah Oliphant’s tally with less than two minutes remaining in the second three-minute overtime period proved to be the game-winner, as the Irish mounted only two goals in the remaining seconds, despite controlling the final draw and having the last shot.

– Derek Richmond

SAILING

April 12-20

After competing in six regattas in the last two weeks, the Georgetown sailing team continued to show its depth and ability to sail well and win races.

The weekend of April 12-13 found the Hoyas capturing the Arrigan emorial Regatta, held in Georgetown’s home waters, for the fifth year in a row. Judge Robert Arrigan, for whose son the regatta is named, watched the Hoyas’s victory and took the team for a meal at the Faculty Club.

The SUNY Martime College Open was also marked by excellent Georgetown sailing with the team coming in second place.

Georgetown placed fourth in its quest for the Moody Trophy that same weekend up at the University of Rhode Island. The team missed the top three by losing a couple of close races.

Also that weekend, the Hoyas sailed to seventh place at the Admiral’s Cup at Kings Point. Tough conditions made clean sailing difficult, and the team had trouble finding its footing, ending up seventh out of 20.

The team did not perform well this last weekend, finishing fifth out of eight at the MAISA Women’s Championship at Navy and 10th at the Dellenbaugh Women’s Regatta held at Brown. This weekend the team will race at St. Mary’s for the America Trophy.

– James McEvoy

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