Aug. 19, 2014
WASHINGTON - With the start of the fall semester just around the corner, members of the Georgetown baseball team recently wrapped up successful summer seasons playing for their respective summer collegiate baseball leagues. Three Hoyas helped their teams win league championships while several others advanced into the postseason.
In the prestigious Cape Cod League, rising senior Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) finished the regular season with nine appearances for Falmouth, eight of which came out of the bullpen. He registered a 1-0 record with a 1.35 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. In the postseason, he made two appearances, going five innings with a 3.60 ERA. He started in the deciding third game of the second round, going four innings and giving up just two hits and two runs as Falmouth won to advance to the championship round.
Rising junior Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines), also playing in the Cape Cod League, finished the season with a .310 (27-for-87) batting average, good for third on Chatham in batting average. He had a home run and a double to go along with three RBI. He was named a midseason all-star as a reserve catcher, coming into the game in the fifth inning and registering two at-bats without a hit. Chatham was eliminated from playoff contention on the final day of the regular season.
In the Coastal Plains League, rising sophomore Joseph Bialkowski ( Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton), playing for Florence, finished the season batting .313 (56-for-179) with a home run, six doubles and 25 RBI in 49 games. He hit .324 (11-for-34) in eight playoff games as the RedWolves fell in three games in the championship round.
Rising junior Matt Smith ( Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) concluded a strong summer season with a 5-1 record for the Forest City Owls with a 2.84 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched.
Both Hoyas were selected to participate in July's Coastal Plains All-Star Game. Smith pitched a perfect third inning for the West All-Stars, retiring the East's 2-3-4 hitters in order, including a strikeout. Bialkowski entered the game in the sixth inning for the West, going 0-for-2 in two at-bats and played four flawless innings in the field at first base.
Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./St. Mary's), a rising junior catcher playing for the Bellingham Bells in the West Coast League (WCL), finished the regular season batting .291 (25-for-87) in 27 games with nine RBI and 13 runs scored. He finished fourth on the team with a .418 on-base percentage. He started in all five playoff games, going 3-for-17 with an RBI and run scored, in helping the Bells win the WCL title.
AC Carter ( Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian), a rising senior, came back from injury to play 14 regular season games for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs in the Florida Collegiate League, finishing with a .256 (11-43) batting average, including a home run, four doubles and six RBI. In the playoffs, Carter played in all four games, hitting .389 (7-for-18). In the championship-clinching victory, Carter went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, helping the Diamond Dawgs to a 6-4 win.
Rising sophomore Chris Giordano ( Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland ) also pitched for the Diamond Dawgs and finished the regular season with 12 overall appearances, including four starts, covering 26 innings. He registered a 1-0 record with a 2.76 ERA and 23 strikeouts.
Simon Matthews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School), a rising sophomore transfer from Temple, finished a strong summer with the Brockton Rox in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. In 11 regular season starts, covering 59.2 innings, Matthews went 7-0 with a 1.65 ERA and a 37-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He was named the all-star game Pitcher of the Game and finished the season tied for the league lead in wins and is third in ERA. Matthews made one start in the playoffs, taking his first loss of the summer, going seven innings while giving up three earned runs and striking out three.
Rising sophomore second baseman Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) batted .282 (24-for-85) with a home run, four doubles and nine RBI for the Alexandria Aces in the Cal Ripken League. In two postseason games, Kuzbel went 2-for-10 with an RBI.
Also in the Cal Ripken League, rising junior relief pitcher Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) made seven starts and eight overall appearances for the Vienna River Dogs, going 1-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 39.2 innings. Felix van der Vaart (Annandale, Va./Flint Hill School), a rising junior knuckleball pitcher, finished with a 6.90 ERA in 12 relief appearances, covering 14.1 innings.
Rising sophomore Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret) pitched for the Sag Harbor Whalers in the Hamptons League this summer. He finished with a 2-1 record and a 3.73 ERA in 10 appearances covering 31.1 innings.
Ryan Toomey (Mendham, N.J./Pingry School), a rising sophomore outfielder, suited up for the Albany Dutchmen of the New York Collegiate League. In 23 games, Toomey is batting .246 (15-for-61) with two doubles, two triples and six RBI.