Baseball: Polonius, Tezak Fuel Comeback Win

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • May 12, 2012 11:00 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior shortstop John Polonius went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and sophomore right-hander Ryan Tezak struck out the final six batters of the game as the West Virginia University baseball team posted a 7-6 win on Saturday night over Georgetown at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md.

Tied at 6-6 after the seventh inning, Polonius drove in sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom, the go-ahead run, with two outs in the eighth inning. Polonius finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBIs and is batting 10-for-18 (.556) in his last four games.

“John is really athletic and is a professional player,” coach Greg Van Zant says. “He is a professional level shortstop and is a clutch hitter.”

The win jumped WVU’s overall record to 20-30 and 7-16 in BIG EAST play. Georgetown dropped to 22-27 and 8-16 in conference play.

Tezak, WVU’s third pitcher of the evening, earned the win in 2.2 innings with six strikeouts while not allowing a hit. Sophomore left-hander Marshall Thompson earned the no-decision after going two innings in the start, allowing two runs on four hits. Sophomore right-hander Josh Harlow pitched in relief of Thompson and let up four runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings.

“He (Tezak) had the adrenaline and the look in his eyes like he did last year,” Van Zant says. “He struck out the final six batters of the game and he was just awesome.”

McBroom plated the game’s initial run with a double to left field in the first inning to score freshman center fielder Bobby Boyd.

The Hoyas took the lead with two runs in the second, and then scored one run in the fourth and fifth innings to pad the lead to 4-1.

West Virginia regained the lead at 6-4 with a five-run sixth inning. Polonius drove in two runs with a double to right field, scoring Boyd and McBroom. Boyd and McBroom previously drove in runs with back-to-back singles.

Georgetown tied the game with one run in the sixth and seventh innings and was threatening to take the lead with men on the corners and one out in the seventh inning. Georgetown’s Matt Garza ripped a ball to sophomore third baseman Nate Antone, who successfully started an inning-ending double play.

“We brought Tezak in and he got the 5-4-3 double play,” Van Zant says. “That was the big play of the game because he got out of a jam with their best hitter grounding into a double play.”

Boyd added three hits with two runs, one RBI and one stolen base. Boyd jumped into a tie for fifth in WVU season stolen bases history with his 20th of the season. McBroom finished 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI for the Mountaineers.

The Hoyas were led by Rand Ravanaas, batting 3-for-4 with three runs. Corbin Blakely added two hits with two RBIs and one run. Matt Hollenbeck took the loss in 0.1 innings of work. Starter Neal Dennison earned a no-decision, scattering six runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched.

The BIG EAST series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. Links to a video stream and live stats are available through MSNsportsNET.com.

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