Baseball: Error Leads to Loss in 11 Innings

  • By Grant Dovey
  • |
  • May 13, 2012 04:22 PM
  • |
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team dropped the season series to Georgetown on Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 loss in 11 innings at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Md.

With one out in the bottom of the 11th, WVU sophomore right-hander Ryan Tezak issued back-to-back walks to Christian Venditti and Andy Lentz, putting men on first and second. Tommy Isaacs came in to pinch run for Venditti and scored in the next at bat from second as Justin Leeson singled to WVU junior shortstop John Polonius. Polonius threw the ball under the glove and past sophomore third baseman Nate Antone, allowing Isaacs to score the game-winning run on the error.

The loss drops WVU’s overall record to 20-31 and 7-17 in BIG EAST play, while Georgetown is now 23-27 and 9-16 in the conference.

Prior to the 11th, Tezak (3-3) had retired six consecutive batters and took the loss in 1.2 innings of work, allowing one unearned run on one hit with two walks. Junior right-hander Dan Dierdorff took the no-decision in a brilliant start that saw him last 8.2 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and five walks.

The Hoyas opened the scoring in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead on a Corbin Blakey RBI single to center field. Georgetown doubled the lead in the fourth inning after a leadoff double from Kevin Johnson led to him scoring on a Lentz line out to center field.

WVU came fighting back and scored one run in the sixth inning to bring the score to 2-1. Sophomore first baseman Ryan McBroom led off the inning with a single through the left side, and then advanced to third on a double to center field by sophomore designated hitter Matt Frazer. McBroom scored on a ground out to shortstop by Polonius.

Antone tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh as he led off with a single up the middle. After advancing to second on sacrifice bunt and third on a fly out, Antone alertly scored on a passed ball during freshman center fielder Bobby Boyd’s at bat.

Antone led the WVU offense with two hits and one run, while Polonius recorded WVU’s lone RBI. Leeson batted 3-for-6 for Georgetown and Johnson finished 2-for-4 with one run.

Charles Steinman took the win for the Hoyas, completing the final 4.1 innings of the game, allowing just three hits and striking out three, while walking two. Starter Will Harris allowed one hit in two innings, and reliever Thomas Polus pitched 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits.

The Mountaineers return to action on Tuesday, May 15, in the final non-conference game of the year against La Salle at Hawley Field. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.