May 8, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown baseball team travels to Indianapolis, Ind., for its final BIG EAST series this weekend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday - at Butler. Friday night's series opener is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. while Saturday will begin at 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon. All three games are scheduled to be played at Butler's Bulldog Park.
Quick Hitters â€¦
The Hoyas come into this weekend with a 17-27 overall record and a 3-12 mark in the BIG EAST. After taking two out of three from Villanova last weekend, GU fell to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), 4-3, on Wednesday night in the team's home finale at Shirley Povich Field.
Against the Retrievers, Georgetown outhit UMBC 10-7, including six doubles which is one short of tying the team single-game record. Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) and Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) each had two doubles and Nick Collins(Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) also had two hits. Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) made his first career start on the mound and went two scoreless innings. He also went 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI double.
Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) continues to lead the Hoyas with a .363 batting average and leads the entire BIG EAST with 62 base hits. He is also second on the team with two home runs and 36 RBI. Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep (Mass.)/Guilderland) is second on the team with a .325 batting average and eight doubles. He leads the Blue & Gray with four home runs and 40 RBI. Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) is the third Hoya hitting above .300, coming into this weekend at .313 with a team-high 13 doubles. Patrick Camporini (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic), who is batting .277 with a .402 on-base percentage, has reached base safely in 28 consecutive games.
Georgetown's pitching staff is led by Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), Saturday's starting pitcher, with a 3.27 ERA in 17 outings, including three starts, covering 44 innings. His 42 strikeouts are second on the team and he is tied for the team lead in wins (4) with Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley), Friday's starter, who comes in with team-highs in strikeouts (49) and innings pitched (76). Smith is also second in ERA at 3.32. Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) has six saves and a 4.05 ERA.
Scouting Butler â€¦
Butler enters the series with an identical record to the Hoyas, coming in with an overall record of 17-27. The Bulldogs own a 4-8 mark in the BIG EAST after being swept at Creighton two weekends ago. Overall, Butler has dropped six of its past seven games after a 12-6 setback at Northern Kentucky on Wednesday. Butler ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in both team batting average (.254) and team ERA (5.46) and rank last with a .953 fielding percentage.
The Bulldogs have just two batters hitting over .300. Marcus Calderon comes in at .307 and Chris Maranto is at .306. Calderon leads Butler with two home runs and 21 RBI and Maranto is right behind him with 20 RBI.
Butler's Friday night starter, Gunner Johnson, comes in with a 3-4 record and a 3.28 ERA in 10 appearances and six starts. Billy Laing, Saturday's starter, leads the Bulldogs with a 2.80 ERA in 18 appearances. Sunday's starting pitcher, Eric Stout, is 3-7 with a 7.57 ERA in 11 starts this year. Will Schierholz has a 3.00 ERA in 22 relief appearances.
What's Up Next â€¦
Georgetown will wrap up the regular season with a midweek game on Tuesday night in Baltimore against UMBC. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.