March 25, 2012
USF 7, Georgetown 2
WASHINGTON - Georgetown battled back for a tie midway through the game, but South Florida scored two runs in the sixth and two more times in the seventh en route to a 7-2 win over the Hoyas in the final game of a three-game series at USF Baseball Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The loss gave USF the series sweep and it was the sixth-straight loss for the Blue & Gray, who fall to 11-13 overall and 0-3 in the BIG EAST, while the Bulls improve to 17-8 overall and 3-0 in league play.
Senior Will Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) suffered his first loss of the season, throwing 5.1 innings while allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
The Hoyas took an early 1-0 lead in the third when junior Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) hit an RBI single, playing junior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart), who had reached on an error and moved to second on an errant throw.
The lead was short-lived. Harris issued a leadoff walk to Kyle Teaf, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but a two-out error put Chad Taylor on second and brought in Teaf with the tying run to keep the inning alive. James Ramsey followed with a run-scoring single to drive in Taylor and give USF the lead.
Georgetown responded immediately in the top of the fourth when junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) hit a home run to left-center, tying the game.
Harris gave up a pair of singles in the bottom of the inning and put a runner on with two outs in the fifth, but was able to work his way out of the innings. In the sixth, however, he issued a leadoff walk to Buddy Putnam and hit Jimmy Falla. A bunt moved the runners up and senior Pablo Vinent (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) came on for Harris. He struck out the first batter he faced, but gave up a single to Luis Llerena, scoring both runners and giving USF a 4-2 lead.
Georgetown had a chance to cut into the lead in the top of the seventh when Matern hit a one-out single and Bello was hit by a pitch, but Steven Leasure induced an inning-ending double play.
South Florida added two more runs in the seventh off of Vinent and junior Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) gave up on in the eighth as the lead grew to 7-2.
Georgetown is back in action on Wednesday, March 28, hosting Navy at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.