April 17, 2014
BETHESDA, Md. - Seton Hall scored an unearned run in the eighth inning to defeat the Georgetown baseball team 5-4 Thursday afternoon in a BIG EAST matchup at Shirley Povich Field. The loss dropped the Hoyas to 12-21 overall and 0-7 in the BIG EAST while Seton Hall improved to 26-7 and 2-2 in the BIG EAST.
Starting pitcher Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits while striking out four. He threw a season-high 116 pitches. Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) went 2-for-5 with three RBI. Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) and Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./St. Mary's) were both on base twice and scored a run. Patrick Camporini (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) was also on base twice, via a walk and a hit-by-pitch, extending his on-base streak to 17 consecutive games.
It was a pitcher's duel at the beginning as neither Smith nor Seton Hall's starting pitcher, Josh Prevost, gave up a hit until the fourth inning.
Smith went 3.2 innings without giving up a hit, but Seton Hall got to him in the fourth. With two outs, a walk and a two-run home run to center field gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
They added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to extend their lead to 4-0.
The Hoyas only had one hit through the first six innings, a one-out infield single by Collins in the fourth, but broke through for four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Webber led off with a walk and Kuzbel reached on a bunt single. Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) followed with a single to left field to load the bases with nobody out. Hall fell behind 0-2 before working a walk to score Webber. After a pitching change, Collins lined the first pitch he saw down the right field line for a bases-clearing double to tie the score. Georgetown put runners on second and third with one out, but was unable to push across another run.
Seton Hall scored the winning run - an unearned run following a double, wild pitch and fielding error - in the eighth off of Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison).
The two teams resume their three-game series on Friday with a 1 p.m. start. Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) is scheduled to take the mound for the Hoyas. The series finale will be played on Saturday, again starting at 1 p.m.