March 16, 2015
WASHINGTON - Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) of the Georgetown University baseball team has been named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday. Additionally, sophomore outfielder Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) was selected to the Weekly Honor Roll.
The awards recognize Smith's and Bialkowski's efforts during Georgetown's four games last week at the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida. The Hoyas went 3-1 with two victories over Lehigh and one over Western Michigan.
Smith pitched seven shutout innings on Saturday, lowering his season ERA to 2.22, in a 2-1 win over Lehigh to move to 2-0 on the season. He gave up just three hits and tied his season high in strikeouts with eight. Smith retired the final seven batters who came to the plate, facing only one batter over the minimum over his final four innings.
Bialkowski batted .467 (7-for-15) with a .529 on-base percentage and a .600 slugging percentage in four games last week. He went 4-for-5 with three runs in the GU's thrilling come-from-behind, 10-9 walk-off win over Lehigh on Wednesday. He doubled in the bottom of the ninth and scored the winning run. Bialkowski also doubled and scored the eventual game-winning run in a 2-1 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
This is the first time in his career that Smith has earned BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week honors. It is the seventh time that he has been honored by conference, as he has been selected to the Weekly Honor six times, include twice already this season. This is Bialkowski's first-career weekly honor. Georgetown has now earned six weekly awards this season as, in addition to Smith, senior first baseman AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) and sophomore third baseman Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) have each earned Honor Roll selections.
The Hoyas return to the field on Wednesday, March 16 for a midweek matchup at Navy. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. with sophomore Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School) getting the start for the Blue & Gray.