The Georgetown baseball team (17-9, 3-3 Big East) won two of three against South Florida in a series that featured two extra-inning games and an astounding outing from GU pitcher Matt Hollenbeck. The Blue and Gray took Wednesday’s game 1-0 in 13 innings before USF won its own extra-inning game 10-6 on Friday. However, the Hoyas rallied to win the series with a 7-2 victory on Saturday as Hollenbeck held the Bulls hitless for 5 2/3 of his six innings pitched.
Wednesday’s game saw an unlikely star emerge as freshman Evan Ryan scored the winning run in the 13th. The game was dominated by pitching as Georgetown starter Jack Vander Linden gave up just three hits in seven innings before and reliever Tim Davis put in an excellent shift, going 3 2/3 innings and giving up only one hit. Davis — who earned the win — entered with the bases loaded in the 10th inning but was able to escape the jam by forcing a key USF groundball.
As good as GU’s pitching was, the Bulls’ pitching staff matched the Hoyas’ blow-for-blow the entire game. Starter Jimmy Herget gave up only three hits in eight innings, and USF held strong until reliever Nolan Thomas’ wild pitch in the 13th inning allowed the pinch runner Ryan to score. The run was only the second of the season for Ryan, a specialist on the base path who has had zero at-bats this year.