April 20, 2012
Notre Dame 5, Georgetown 2
Bethesda, Md. - Georgetown trailed by two runs early in the game, but came back to tie it before Notre Dame's Eric Jagielo hit the second of his two home runs in the top of the ninth inning, giving the Irish a 5-2 win over the Hoyas in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field.
The loss drops Georgetown's record to 18-19 overall and 5-8 in the BIG EAST, while Notre Dame improves to 20-16 overall and 7-6 in league play.
Tied at 2-all in the ninth, junior reliever Charles Steinman (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) came on in relief and after recording one out, Frank DeSico hit a single to left and a single to right form Ryan Bull put runners on the corners. Steinman's first pitch to Eric Jagielo was taken to left and junior left fielder Paul Bello (Towaca, N.J./Delbarton) appeared to have a play on the ball, but it carried up and over the fence, giving Notre Dame a 5-2 lead.
Notre Dame reliever Sean Fitzgerald retired the Hoyas in order in the ninth.
Georgetown starter Will Harris (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Prep) battled in the early innings and escaped damage. With one out, Notre Dame loaded the bases on a first pitch single up the middle, a single off the foot of Harris and a first pitch single to left Harris, however, induced a ground ball to Redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) for a 643 double play, ending the inning.
In the second inning, the Irish put the first two runners on base with none out and runners on second and third with one out, but escaped without damage.
After putting runners on base and in scoring position in each of the first two innings, the Fighting Irish got on the board in the third inning \Bull hit a leadoff single and Jagielo followed with a blast to right-center, making it 2-0.
The Hoyas managed only one hit off Notre Dame starter Will Hudgins through the first three innings, but finally reached him after two outs were recorded in the fourth inning. Senior catcher Kevin Johnson (Peabody, Mass./Belmont Hill) reached on an infield single and junior first baseman Danny Poplawski (Bellevue, Wash./Overlake) followed with a single to left. Bello was hit by a pitch to load the bases and junior third baseman Trevor Matern (Santa Clarita, Calif./Hart) followed with a single to left, bringing home two runs to tie the game.
Georgetown had a chance to break the tie in the sixth with a pair of runners on base with one out after a single to right from Johnson and one to left from Poplawski. After Hudgins struck out Bello, Fitzgerald entered the game and induced a ground ball out to get out of the inning.
The Blue & Gray did not have much luck with Fitzgerald in the latter innings, as he retired the side in order in the seventh and eighth before the Irish took the lead in the top of the ninth.
Harris finished the day throwing 8.0 innings while scattering two runs on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
The second game of tonight's doubleheader is slated to start at approximately 7 p.m.
Because of inclement weather scheduled for later on Saturday and Sunday, the third game of the series will be played on Saturday, April 21, with first pitch at noon.