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Hoyas up next for Pirates

Baseball looks to bounce back on the road against Georgetown

By John Lopiano
On May 3, 2012

After being shut out by St. Peter's on Tuesday afternoon, Se­ton Hall is looking to get back on track this weekend with a three-game road series against the Georgetown Hoyas.

Georgetown (20-24, 5-12) enters the series in a bit of a rut, having gone 3-7 in their last 10 games and recorded a 7-10 record in the month of April.

In addition to the string of poor performances, the Hall has dominated Georgetown statisti­cally over the past few seasons.

The Pirates swept the Hoyas in three-game series in the 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons, and have not lost to Georgetown in the reg­ular season since May 17, 2008.

The Hoyas are led by junior infielder Mike Garza, whose .391 batting average and .603 slugging percentage are team highs.

In the team's last game, which was against UMBC, Garza went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored to give Georgetown a 13-8 victory. Garza also leads the team with six home runs, 16 dou­bles and 33 RBIs on the season.

Junior Justin Leeson and se­nior Rand Ravnaas, both outfield­ers, have also be an integral part of Georgetown's season thus far.

Leeson is batting .322 with an on-base percentage of .422, while Ravnaas is batting .313 and is second on the team with 32 RBIs.

Ravnaas also had one of his best games of the season against UMBC on Tuesday when he went 4-for-5, knocking in three runs and scoring two more.

For all their successes at the plate, the Hoyas have had some trouble on the mound this season, posting a team ERA of 5.23 in 44 games.

The lone bright spot for Georgetown has been their ace, senior Will Harris.

In 10 starts, Harris has posted an ERA of 2.97, only allowing 22 earned runs in 66.2 innings pitched. He also has 35 strikeouts and just 14 walks on the season.

When Harris is not on the mound, the Hoyas have strug­gled. Juniors Neal Dennison and Thomas Polus, the team's other main starting pitchers, have a combined record of 4-7 with a combined ERA of 6.70.

Seton Hall (26-19, 11-7) is coming off one of its worst games of the season, a 7-0 loss on Tues­day to St. Peter's, in which the Pirates only managed to record five hits.

Before Tuesday's setback, the Pirates were on a five-game win­ning streak after having knocked off Iona and Monmouth on back-to-back days before sweeping West Virginia at home in a three-game series.

The Pirates' struggles this sea­son have mostly been at the plate. Freshman Kyle Grimm has been key this season, leading the team with a .301 batting average and a .387 on-base percentage in 33 games played.

Though he has not been able to match the breakout season he had in 2010-11, sophomore Zack Granite has also been a major spark for Seton Hall, with a .287 batting average and a .376 on-base percentage.

First pitch for this weekend's series is set for Friday at 7 p.m, with the following two games scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

John Lopiano can be reached at john.lopiano@student.shu.edu.


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