April 13, 2013
BETHESDA, Md. - Martin Kelly clubbed his first-career home run and Sean Hagan worked 8.0 strong innings as St. John's evened its series against Georgetown with a 4-3 win. Kelly finished 1-for-5 with a three-run home run to lead St. John's (14-21, 4-7). Hagan (2-5) allowed three runs, two earned, while scattering nine hits, striking out four and walking none. Nick Collins went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Georgetown (20-12, 4-4), while Thomas Polus (2-4) took the loss after allowing four runs in 4.0 innings of work.
St. John's had its first seven batters of the game retired before a one-out walk to Bret Dennis opened a three-run rally in the third inning. Dustin Breshears followed with a double to the wall in left center before Kelly launched a three-run home run over the wall in right center. Dan Roland then drew a walk as the fourth-consecutive Red Storm batter reached base, but Polus escaped further damage with a pop up and a strikeout.
A leadoff single by Sean O'Hare set the table for a run in the fourth as St. John's took a 4-0 lead. Danny Bethea followed with a double inside the third base bag to give the Red Storm runners on second and third and force Georgetown to bring in the infield. After a groundout kept the runners from advancing, a wild pitch allowed O'Hare to score from third. Polus, however, escaped further damage again with a strikeout and a groundout.
Georgetown took advantage of a leadoff double by Justin Leeson to answer with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Christian Venditti followed with a single to give the Hoyas runners on the corners before Collins lifted a sacrifice fly into right field. Steve Anderson was then plunked with two outs before Paul Bello reached on an error as a run scored to make it a 4-2 ballgame.
The Hoyas manufactured a run in the fifth after Curtiss Pomeroy led off the inning with a single. Pomeroy moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and took third on a groundout before Venditti lined an RBI single into center field as Georgetown cut the deficit to 4-3.
St. John's threatened in the eighth as a Zach Lauricella one-out single and a two-out walk to O'Hare gave the Red Storm runners on first and second. A wild pitch set up runners on the corners, but reliever Neal Dennison got out of the jam with a groundout.
The Hoyas then threatened in the bottom of the frame as Collins led off with a single, but pinch runner Evan Ryan was caught stealing for the second out before Hagan got a strikeout to end the frame.
The Red Storm looked to add an insurance run in the ninth as Jamal Clarke led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Kelly then reached on an error to give St. John's runners on the corners with two outs, but a fielder's choice sent the game to the bottom of the ninth.
Thomas Hackimer relieved Hagan in the ninth and quickly induced three-straight groundouts to notch his fifth save of the season.
St. John's concludes its series against Georgetown with a 1 p.m. rubber game on April 14.