Ryan Busch and Nick Collins each had three hits and a home run.


Busch Named to BIG EAST Honor Roll; GU Set for Three Midweek Games

April 20, 2015

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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown baseball team continues its stretch of playing 13 of 16 games at home when it hosts Coppin State and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) for midweek games this week. The Hoyas and Coppin State will play a single game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. while UMES will visit Shirley Povich Field for two seven-innings games on Wednesday, beginning at 5 p.m.

All three games will be broadcast live via HoyaVision, accessible through the Georgetown Athletics official website - www.GUHoyas.com - with Kyle Meyer calling play-by-play on Tuesday and Ryan Sakamoto doing the honors on Wednesday. Live stats can also be found on GU's website.

On Monday, senior shortstop Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time of his career. The Hoyas have now earned 12 conference weekly awards this season. Busch went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a triple and a double on Sunday against Stony Brook, finishing with 13 total bases and four RBI. He came up just a single short of hitting for the cycle.

Hoya Notes ...
When Georgetown and Coppin State met earlier this month in Glen Burnie, Md., the Hoyas scored seven runs over the first two innings on its way to a 10-4 victory. Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans School) picked up his team-leading fourth win of the season. Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS), Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School), Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret) and David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) all had scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Evan Ryan (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) led the offense with three hits and scored two runs while Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) had two hits, two RBI and scored two runs.

On March 25, the Hoyas traveled to UMES and came away with an 8-2 victory behind two home runs from Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines). Collins finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) had two doubles while Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) and Chase Bushor (San Diego, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) each had two hits. Jack Vander Linden (Dallas, Texas/The Episcopal School of Dallas) started on the mound and went three innings, giving up two runs on two hits while striking out two. Swad earned the win with three scoreless innings in relief and three strikeouts. Davis also pitched three innings of scoreless relief, earning his first save of the season.

Scouting Coppin State ...
Coppin State enters Tuesday's contest with an overall record of 3-29-2. The Eagles are hitting just .231 as a team while opponents are hitting .336 against them. The pitching staff has an 8.15 ERA and Coppin State has been outscored 327-140 this year, although just 242 of the runs have been earned.

George Dragon is the lone Coppin State batter hitting over .300, coming in at .319. Jack Kraft leads the Eagles with three home runs and 19 RBI. Chris Vazquez will get the start for the Eagles on Tuesday. He comes into the game with a 0-1 record and a 7.85 ERA in 11 appearances, all out of the bullpen.

Scouting UMES ...
UMES owns a 13-24 record coming into Wednesday's doubleheader and most recently took two out of three games last weekend at Norfolk State. The Hawks have been shut out seven times already this season and own a .226 team batting average. The pitching staff has a team ERA of 5.14 and opponents are hitting .287 against them.

Mike Escanilla leads the offense, coming in with a .396 batting average. Justin Dattilo, Greg Turlik and Quenton Hamrick are tied for the team lead with three home runs while Dattilo has a team-high 20 RBI. Scott Bean, who will get the start in game one on Wednesday, owns a 1-3 record with a 6.31 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 25.2 innings. The starting pitcher for game two is TBA.

Last Time Out ...
Busch had two of three home runs hit by the Georgetown baseball team on Sunday as every starter had at least one hit in GU's 10-1 victory over Stony Brook at Shirley Povich Field. Busch finished with a perfect 4-for-4 day, also adding a triple and a double to finish a single short of the cycle. He had 13 total bases and had four RBI. AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) also added a two-run home run.

What's Up Next ...
The Blue & Gray return to BIG EAST action this weekend when they travel to Cincinnati for a three-game series with Xavier. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m. while Saturday's contest will start at 1 p.m. and Sunday will begin at noon.

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