March 22, 2015
Bethesda, Md. - The Georgetown baseball team rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but ultimately fell, 8-7, in 10 innings to Brown on Sunday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field.
Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) started on the mound for the Hoyas and pitched 4.1 innings, giving up three runs, although just one was earned. He allowed eight hits and walked two while recording two strikeouts. Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS) pitched three innings in relief, giving up just one run.
Four Hoyas had multi-hit efforts as Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge), Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines), AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) and Chase Bushor (San Diego, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) all had two hits. Bushor also had three RBI and Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) drove in two runs.
Brown (3-11) got on the board with single runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead.
Georgetown (8-10) responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to jump ahead, 3-2. Carter led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) then hit a dribbler in front of the plate that the catcher fielded and attempted to throw to second to force Carter. However, the throw sailed into center field allowing Carter to advance to third. Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) reached on a fielder's choice, switching places with Bialkowski, to put runners on the corners with one out. Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's/Phillips Andover) followed with a single to left field to score Carter. After a double steal put runners on second and third, Hall lifted a sacrifice fly to left, plating Busch, before Bushor singled in Pomeroy to give the Hoyas the lead.
The Bears tied the game with an unearned run in the fifth before scoring three times, on two home runs, in the top of the sixth to take a 6-3 lead. They added an insurance run with a solo home run in the top of the eighth to bring GU's deficit to 7-3.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the ninth. Kuzbel and Collins started the rally with consecutive singles. With one out, Bialkowski reached on an error by the shortstop, loading the bases. Busch popped out to bring up Webber, who had come into the game as the designated hitter the inning before, with two outs. While he was batting, Kuzbel scored on a passed ball to cut the deficit to 7-4. Webber walked to reload the bases and Hall was hit by a pitch, scoring Collins to make the score 7-5. Bushor came up and delivered a first-pitch, two-run single to score Bialkowski and Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), who had pinch-run for Webber, tying the score at seven.
A one-out walk in the top of the 10th inning put a runner on first for the Bears. David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) replaced Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca), but the first batter he faced, Noah Shulman, who had already hit two home runs in the game, lined a run-scoring double in the left-center field gap to put Brown on top, 8-7.
The Hoyas got a two-out baserunner in the bottom of the 10th, on a single by Carter, but could not put together another rally.
The Blue & Gray will play at the University of Virginia, ranked No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, on Tuesday at 4 p.m. before traveling to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for a 3 p.m. matchup on Wednesday.