Hoyas speak softly, carry a big stick

March 25, 2010

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The Georgetown Baseball team’s bats have been lighting it up this week, helping the team win two of three games against the George Washington Colonials and secure victories over Delaware State and Navy. The Hoyas scored at least nine runs in four of those five games. In the Delaware State game Georgetown exploded offensively for an 18-7 victory.

While the Hoyas (12-8) can light up the scoreboard, they have also won a number of close games, including come-from-behind situations.

Junior Sean Lamont hit a walk-off single in the final game against George Washington, capping off a five-run comeback in the final innings of the game. So far this season, the Hoyas have shown a knack for mounting comebacks.

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“You know we’re never out of a game … we’ve proven it time and time again this year,” head coach Pete Wilk said. “We’ve got a skilled offense and guys who believe in themselves.”

This Wednesday saw the Hoyas defeat Navy 5-2. Starting pitcher Bobby Kirby threw six shutout innings for the Hoyas, paving the way to victory. Kirby only allowed four hits in his six innings, his strongest outing of the season. The team also played a fundamentally sound game, scoring twice off of sacrifice fly balls.

Lamont and senior captain Tommy Lee, who had a grand slam in the game against Delaware State, have fueled the Hoyas’ offense. Lee and Lamont are tied for the team lead in home runs, along with Rand Ravnaas, with four apiece. Lee is also leading the team in stolen bases, with eight.

It’s no secret Georgetown has benefited from having Lee back in the lineup. The team had to play six games without Lee as he was injured during the team’s trip to Florida over Spring Break for the Rollins Classic.

“Getting Tommy Lee back changes the whole scope of our lineup,” Wilk said. “Sean has been getting back on track also and we’ve got a number of guys who are swinging the bat well right now including Rand.”

Another strong point for the Hoyas was pitcher Tim Adleman, the proven primary starter for the team and the team’s pitching leader in many key statistics. He has a 4-0 record and posted a 1.47 ERA while striking out 20 batters in 30 innings. In Friday’s game against GW he got the win after pitching five shutout innings and only giving up two hits.

“The biggest thing about Tim is we’ve won every game he’s started for us this year,” Wilk said. “I think he can pitch against anybody in the country.”

Freshman Neil Dennison has also been an important link in the pitching staff. Although he hasn’t started any games, he has picked up a pair of wins and struck out 15 batters in 18 innings this season.

Georgetown looks to continue their strong play as they begin the Big East portion of their schedule.

The Hoyas begin conference play this weekend at home with a three game series against Rutgers. First pitch is slated for Friday at 3 p.m. at Shirley Povich Field in Rockville, Maryland.

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