April 19, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - Georgetown used a three-run fourth inning to surpass the University of Connecticut baseball team as the Huskies fell to the Hoyas 5-2 in Sunday afternoon's BIG EAST Conference series finale at J.O. Christian Field.
UConn falls to 21-16 on the year and 8-7 in the BIG EAST after the loss as Georgetown improves to 11-24 overall and 4-11 in BIG EAST play.
Senior Dale Brannon started things off for the Huskies in the first inning as he connected on a double down the left field line before scoring on a freshman George Springer single. Springer took the 3-2 pitch and pulled it through the left side of the infield to put the Huskies up 1-0.
Georgetown took the lead in the third inning as Tommy Lee tripled down the left field line to score both Andy Lentz and Kelly Muir to put the Hoyas up 2-1. The Hoyas added three more runs in the top of the fourth as a single and a walk put runners on first and second for Greg Pustizzi who singled into left to score Elliot from second and put Georgetown up 3-1. They added two more runs to take a 5-1 advantage midway through the ballgame.
Freshman Nick Ahmed hit his fourth double of the season with his one out hit in the fifth inning then scored the Huskies' lone run of the inning as sophomore Pierre LePage singled up the middle to cut the Hoyas' advantage to three at 5-2.
Greg Nappo started in today's contest but came out of the game after allowing four hits, five runs and four walks in four innings of work. Dan Mahoney took the hill and went 1.1 innings as he gave up three hits and two walks. Mahoney left the game with one out and the bases loaded in sixth as freshman Scott Oberg came into the game to end the inning.
Oberg forced the first batter he faced to foul out to Brannon at third then was able to get Sean Baumann to fly out to the warning track in left field as junior Peter Fatse sprinted over to make the catch to end the inning with no runs crossing the plate for the Hoyas.
The Huskies threatened in the bottom of the sixth as they loaded the bases with one out but could not get anything on the board as Georgetown starter, Jimmy Saris, was able to record the final two outs of the inning to hold the Huskies. Tommy Isaacs came into the game in the seventh and threw for three innings, while earning his first save of the year.
Dusty Odenbach took the hill in the top of the ninth after Oberg went 2.2 innings as he allowed two hits, while striking out one. Odenbach was able to retire the three batters he faced.
Ahmed finished today's contest 2-for-4 with one run scored, while LePage added a 2-for-3 performance with one RBI. Springer also chipped in with two hits and one RBI in the Huskies only loss to the Hoyas this weekend.
UConn will host Quinnipiac on April 20 in non-conference action at J.O. Christian Field. The Monday afternoon match-up will begin at 3:00 p.m.