Feb. 25, 2015
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Georgetown University baseball team could only manage seven singles on Wednesday afternoon, falling to George Washington, 3-0. The game, which was added to the schedule last week, was played at the Colonials' Tucker Field at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Virginia.
Jack Vander Linden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) made his first start of the season as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery last spring. He went three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out one. Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School) followed that up with three nearly perfect innings, giving up just one hit.
While the offense struggled, Georgetown's (1-3) infield defense - consisting of Chase Bushor (San Diego, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) at second base, Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) at shortstop and Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) at third base - was stellar. The trio combined for 18 assists, two double plays and Bushor had a couple of sliding backhand plays up the middle.
The Hoyas got two hits in the top of the third inning, but were unable to score. Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) led off with a single and, with one out, moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt. With two outs, Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) singled to right, but a strong throw from the Colonials' outfielder gunned down Hall at the plate.
GW had a threat of its own in the bottom half of the third inning, loading the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Kuzbel made a great play defensively, fielding a grounder deep behind the third base bag, stepping on third and throwing to first for the inning-ending double play.
The Colonials broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out triple and single. A stolen base and two-out single produced a second run.
They added a third run in the eighth with a leadoff double, wild pitch and groundout.
The Hoyas threatened to rally in the top of the ninth when Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) and Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) each singled to put two runners on base with just one out. However, Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Phillips Andover) struck out and Kuzbel grounded out to end the game.
Georgetown will be in action this weekend with a three-game series at Davidson.
Notes - Vander Linden was making his first start just a year and three days since his last outing on February 22, 2014 against Hartford. That game was also played at Barcroft Park after the game was moved due to weather.