May 15, 2015
Game One | Game Two
South Orange, N.J. - The Georgetown baseball team split a doubleheader with Seton Hall, dropping the first game 6-5 before rebounding for a 5-2 win, on Friday afternoon at the Pirates' Owen T. Carroll Field.
With GU's victory in game two, Butler's loss at Xavier and Villanova's loss at Creighton, the Hoyas clinched the No. 4 seed in next week's BIG EAST Tournament at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, home of the College World Series.
Game One: Seton Hall 6, Georgetown 5 ...
Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) pitched a career-high 8.2 innings, but Seton Hall scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Hoyas, 6-5.
Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) had four hits, an RBI and a run scored to lead the offense. Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area), Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) and AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) each had two hits and Busch was on base four times with a pair of walks.
The Hoyas (25-26, 8-10 BIG EAST) jumped on the board with single runs in both the first and second innings. Busch led off the game with a double down the left field line and, after moving to third on a sacrifice bunt from Chase Bushor (San Diego, Calif./Santa Fe Christian), scored on an infield single by Collins. In the second, Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) reached with one out on catcher's interference. Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) switched places on a fielder's choice. After he stole second, DeRenzi scored on a single by Busch to give the Hoyas a 2-0 lead.
The Pirates (24-23, 9-9 BIG EAST) worked to tie the score with an unearned run in the fourth and a run in the sixth.
However, Georgetown came back with single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to take a 5-2 lead.
In the seventh, Bushor started a two-out rally with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Collins to right field. Carter then grounded a single through the left side to score Bushor.
Hall led off the top of the eighth with a single to center. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Charlie Dillon (Chicago, Ill./Berkshire School) and went to third on a bunt single by Webber. An infield single by DeRenzi, beating the relay from the first baseman to the pitcher, scored Hall to give GU a 4-2 lead.
In the ninth, Carter led off with a double down the left field line and went to third on a ground out by Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge). Hall then hit a double of his own, scoring Carter to make it 5-2.
Meanwhile, Smith was cruising through eight innings, giving up just one earned run while striking out three. He started the bottom of the ninth with a strikeout and a ground out. However, the next five Seton Hall batters reached as the Pirates scored four times off of Smith and David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) to take game one, 6-5.
Game Two: Georgetown 5, Seton Hall 2 ...
Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) pitched 7.2 innings without allowing an earned run while striking out four and, at one point, retiring 15 Seton Hall batters in a row, to lead GU to a 5-2 win in game two.
Busch led the offense with three hits, two RBI and a run scored. Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) also had three hits and DeRenzi had two more.
For the third time this series, Georgetown scored the game's first runs, putting three across the plate in the top of the third. Bialkowski started the rally with a one-out single. DeRenzi then reached on an infield single. Busch then scored Bialkowski with a double down the left field line. A single by Shirley scored DeRenzi from third before Collins plated Busch with a sacrifice fly to deep center to put the Hoyas ahead, 3-0.
Seton Hall scored an unearned run in the bottom half of the third to cut the lead to 3-1.
GU pushed across an insurance run in the seventh when DeRenzi hit a one-out single and scampered all the way home on a double by Busch, his second of the game and third of the day.
The Hoyas added another run in the top of the ninth to make it 5-1. Bialkowski led off with his third hit of the game, a single into right field. He was pinch run for by Evan Ryan (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep), who advanced to second on a single by Busch, his third hit of the game. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch and, with two outs, Ryan scored on another wild pitch.
Seton Hall scored a run in the ninth, but Davis closed the door for the 5-2 win.
Notes - Collins' single in the seventh inning of game one was the 200th base hit of his career.