May 3, 2015
Bethesda, Md. - St. John's scored three runs in the seventh inning, and one in the eighth, to come from behind and defeat the Georgetown baseball team, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon in a BIG EAST Conference game at Shirley Povich Field.
Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) led the Georgetown offense with three hits and also scored a run. AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) had two hits and Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) had two RBI.
Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) started on the mound for the Hoyas and went six strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits while striking out one. David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) threw 1.2 innings of hitless relief, lowering his season ERA to 0.38.
The Red Storm (28-14, 11-3 BIG EAST) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded.
The Hoyas (22-22, 5-7 BIG EAST) stormed right back, pushing three runs across the plate in the bottom half of the third. DeRenzi started the rally with a drag bunt single. Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) drew a walk and Charlie Dillon (Chicago, Ill./Berkshire School) singled to load the bases with nobody out. Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) drove in DeRenzi with a groundout to first and the Red Storm intentionally walked Carter to reload the bases. Kuzbel made them pay, lining a double down the left field line to score both Busch and Dillon, giving GU a 3-1 lead.
Georgetown again loaded the bases in the fourth inning, this time with one out on walks to Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) and Dillon, sandwiched around a single by DeRenzi. With two outs and Carter up, the St. John's pitcher was called for a balk, allowing Webber to score and give the Hoyas a 4-1 lead.
The score remained the same into the seventh when, with Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School) in to relieve Superko, the Red Storm hit two home runs. The second, which came with a man on first base, tied the score, 4-4.
St. John's took the lead in the eighth inning with a run off of Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's HS/Phillips Andover).
The Hoyas threatened in both the eighth and ninth innings, putting two runners on base in each frame, but could not push the tying run across.
The Blue & Gray will take this week off for final exams before concluding its seven-game homestand with a three-game series against Butler over the weekend, May 8-10, at Shirley Povich Field. Friday's and Saturday's contests will begin at 7 p.m. while first pitch on Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Hoyas will celebrate Senior Day prior to Saturday's game.