April 6, 2012
Louisville 12, Georgetown 1
Bethesda, Md. - Georgetown gave up four runs in the second inning and six more in the sixth inning as Louisville cruised to a 12-1 win over the Hoyas in a BIG EAST Conference baseball game at Shirley Povich Field on Friday afternoon.
It was the second-straight loss for the Hoyas, who fall to 14-17 overall and 2-6 in the BIG EAST, while Louisville improves to 23-8 overall and 7-1 in league play.
Junior Thomas Polus (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) started for the Hoyas and was solid in the first inning, striking out two batters and retiring the side in order.
In the second, however, Stewart Ijames greeted the southpaw with a blast over the center field fence, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Ty Young reached on an infield single, moved to second on a bunt and scored when Cole Sturgeon doubled to left, making it 2-0. With two outs and a runner on third, Shane Crain reached when redshirt junior shortstop Mike Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Douglas MacArthur) had a throw to first on a ground ball sail high, allowing Sturgeon to score an unearned run. Polus got into more trouble as he loaded the bases with a single to Adam Engel and when he hit Nick Ratajczak with a pitch. Zach Lucas followed with a high fly ball to left that dropped in for a single and scored another run to make it 4-0.
The Cardinals added another run in the third when Alex Chittenden hit a one-out double and scored on a single to left from Mason Snyder. The lead grew to 6-0 in the fourth when Ijames hit an RBI single to left, plating Ratajczak, who was by a pitch and, moved to second on a single from Lucas and stole third.
Polus went 3.2 innings, yielding six runs (four earned) on nine hits with no walks, two strikeouts and two hit batters.
The Louisville lead grew to 12-0 in the sixth inning with six runs coming in off freshmen pitchers Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) and Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham). Brown gave up the big hit of the inning, a three-home run to Young.
After giving up two of the runs in the sixth inning, the second of which was unearned, Hollenbeck retired the final two batters and threw two-straight scoreless innings. Hollenbeck finished the day throwing 3.0 innings, giving up two runs, both unearned, on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Hoyas scored their first run in the bottom of the eighth when sophomore Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Guilderland) reached on an error, moved two bases on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a balk.
The series concludes on Saturday, April 7, with first pitch at Shirley Povich Field slated for noon. Live video of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Tim Murray calling all of the action.