April 13, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown baseball team begins a seven-game home stand, and a stretch of playing 14 of its next 17 games at home, when George Mason visits Shirley Povich Field on Tuesday for a midweek matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
On Monday, senior left-handed pitcher Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and sophomore center fielder Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) were both named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll following their performances for the Hoyas last week.
Hollenbeck started on Friday at Villanova and pitched a season-high 6.2 innings as the Hoyas won the series opener, 9-3. He picked up his second win of the season, giving up three runs, just one earned, on eight hits while striking out two.
In three games over the weekend, Hall batted .364 (4-for-11) with a .462 on-base percentage and .818 slugging percentage. He hit his first career home run on Friday, a three-run shot to left field that helped secure Friday's victory over Villanova. He then hit a one-out triple in the ninth inning on Saturday and scored the game-winning run in a 6-4 victory to secure a road series win at Villanova. In the series finale on Sunday, Hall scored two runs as the Hoyas fell just short, 6-5.
Hoya Notes ...
Georgetown (16-15, 3-3 BIG EAST) will start sophomore right-hander Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret) on Tuesday. In just two appearances this season, including a start on March 11 against Lehigh, Leonard had a 9.00 ERA with five strikeouts in four innings. Last season as a freshman, Leonard was 2-0 with a 5.60 ERA in 14 appearances, including four starts.
These two teams met just two weeks ago at the Patriots' Spuhler Field in Fairfax, Virginia. The Hoyas came away with a 16-9 victory, setting a season high for runs in a game and tying a season high with 19 hits. Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) was 5-for-5 with five RBI, finishing a triple short of the cycle. It was the first time a Hoya has had five hits in a game since Rand Ravnaas had five hits against Cincinnati on May 19, 2012. Additionally, Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) had three hits, was on base five times, scored two runs and had two RBI while AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) had three hits and four RBI and Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) also had three hits.
Scouting George Mason ...
George Mason enters Tuesday's game with a 14-18-1 record and the Patriots are 4-3-1 since the last time the two teams met, including a 13-13 tie at Towson. The offense is boasting a .285 batting average while the pitching staff has a 5.14 team ERA.
Jake Kalish continues to have a team-high .361 batting average while Luke Willis (.357), Brandom Gum (.352) and Michael Smith (.352) are all batting over .350. Tyler Nevin leads the Patriots with five home runs while Kent Blackstone has a team-high 33 RBI and is among the nation's leaders with eight triples. Tuesday's starting pitcher, junior right-hander Mark Maksimow, will be making his 12th appearance and second start of the season. He comes in with a 1-3 record and a 7.47 ERA in 15.2 innings. He has more walks (7) than strikeouts (5). Evan Porcella is the top reliever out of the George Mason bullpen, registering a 2.84 ERA in 14 appearances, covering 25.1 innings.
Last Time Out ...
The Hoyas took two out of three games at Villanova over the weekend, moving to .500 in BIG EAST play. GU took the opener, 9-3, on Friday, scoring all nine runs over the first three innings. Georgetown then scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning on Saturday to kill a Villanova rally for a 6-4 victory. The Wildcats avoided the sweep with a 6-5 win on Sunday in the series finale.
What's Up Next ...
The Blue & Gray has its BIG EAST bye week this weekend and will host Stony Brook for a three-game, non-conference series at Shirley Povich Field. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at noon before concluding the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.