Bethesda, MD - Seemingly right in the middle of the race for a position in the 2001 BIG EAST Baseball Tournament heading into the weekend, the University of Connecticut now finds itself in need of help after being swept by Georgetown, who defeated UConn 4-2 Sunday afternoon in Bethesda, MD. The Huskies now drop to 19-20 overall, but more importantly 11-9 in the conference, which has UConn in fifth with only four spots allotted in this seasons league tournament. Georgetown, which came into the weekend on the bottom of the league standings, moved its record to 13-32 overall and 6-14 in the BIG EAST.
After three scoreless innings, Peter Soteropoulos (So., Peabody, MA) grounded out to second to score Brian Tisbert (Sr., Andover, MA) in the fourth, before Mike Scott (Jr., Darien, CT) sent a sac fly to center in the fifth, which allowed Joe Kagerer (Sr., Lebanon, CT) to cross home, putting Connecticut ahead 2-0.
Georgetown answered in the bottom half of the fifth to slice the lead in half when Mike Green singled in Marc Carlini. In the seventh, Jim Vankoski hit a two RBI triple to give the Hoyas a 3-2 lead with Green scoring and Jason Boice representing the go-ahead run. One inning later and Boice singled to left to plate Ron Cano to bring the score to 4-2.
For UConn, Chris DeBrisco (Sr., Stamford, CT) allowed 10 hits, four earned runs, and two walks while he struck out three. In being tagged with the loss, which evened his record at 3-3, DeBrisco tossed a complete game marking the second time he went the route this season. Georgetown's Eric Sutton earned the win (2-6) as he also turned in a complete game, allowing five hits, two earned runs, while striking out six.
Connecticut's next game will be Tuesday, April 24, against Fairfield at J.O. Christian Field in Storrs, CT with the start time set for 3:30 p.m. The Huskies return to BIG EAST play April 28-29 with a critical three-game home set against West Virginia, before having to face Notre Dame the first weekend of May in South Bend, IN. Notre Dame completed a sweep of Villanova over this weekend and has a firm hold on the league's top spot with a 15-2 record. The Irish are ranked as high as second in the country (Collegiate Baseball).
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