Tars Storm Past Georgetown, 13-4
The Tars (28-24) blistered their bats for 21 hits more than doubling the 10 from Georgetown (13-31). Shortstop Justin Yount led the way with three hits, two runs scored and a double. Catcher Ben Hewett followed with three hits of his own including his 14th double of the season.
Rollins racked up six batters with multi-hits including Eugene Martinez who was 2-for-5, tying a game-high three RBIs. Freshman Josh Band also tallied three RBIs in the contest with a triple and a squeeze.
Junior hurler Marc Hewett (6-2) earned the win in the five-inning effort. Hewett, who has earned a win in his last three outings, allowed eight hits and three runs, while striking out four Hoyas’ batters. Andrew Loynaz pitched an inning and a third with only one blemish, a walk. Tim Griffin threw the final 2.1 innings giving up two hits and one run.
Will Harris (2-8) was dealt the loss for Georgetown after pitching four innings and surrendering four runs, one earned. He gave up five hits and two walks in the losing effort. Georgetown’s next four relief pitchers became victims of the Tars’ bats, allowing at least one run to score before Billy Concannon pitched a blank ninth inning.
The teams were held scoreless in the first, but Rollins tacked on three runs in the second to take an early lead. With two outs and More on first, the Tars came alive as Avanzino drew a walk to place runners on first and second for the freshman Band. The Peabody, Mass., native ripped a shot off the fence in right and the speedster hustled to third scoring both Avanzino and More. Band scored on the ensuing play, a Ryan Luker RBI-single through the left side.
After giving up a solo home run in the bottom of the second, Rollins countered with a run in the fourth. Yount led off the frame with a double in the gap to left center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With a runner on third and no outs, Band singled a bunted, scoring Yount in to increase the Tars lead to 4-1.
Another solo home run followed for the Hoyas this time by Sean Lamont the third baseman. Rollins answered by adding a pair of runs in the top half of the fifth inning. In Vinent’s first inning of action, the Tars kept scorching the bats with a Hewett single and a Scott Chase double. With runners in scoring position, a blooper by Martinez scored the runners.
The Tars secured the game with six runs in the seventh led off by a Bryan Bennett solo home run. After a strike out, Martinez and More hit back-to-back homers, before another pitching change for the Hoyas. Rollins hit five more hits in the frame and added a trio of runs to increase the lead to 12-3.
The teams exchanged runs in the eighth before the Tars closed out with the 13-4 victory.
The series was split before Wednesday’s rubber match as the Tars claimed the series, 2-1. Rollins won the series opener, 9-2, before falling 13-4 during the 61st Annual Baseball Week.
Rollins will now conclude the 2009 season when it travels to Annapolis, Md., Thursday, May 7 for a non-conference game against Columbia Union. The game will be played at the Naval Academy and is scheduled for a 1 p.m. first pitch.