May 9, 2015
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Bethesda, Md. - The Georgetown baseball team tied a season high with 22 hits on Saturday night, ending a five-game losing streak with a 12-5 rout of Butler in a BIG EAST Conference game at Shirley Povich Field.
Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) led the offensive explosion with four hits, two RBI and four runs scored. Chase Bushor (San Diego, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) had three hits, two RBI and four runs scored and AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) had three hits and three RBI. Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area), Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge), Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) and Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) all had two hits as well.
Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) started on the mound for the Hoyas and battled through 5.1 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on 14 hits. He finished with six strikeouts. Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS) allowed just one hit over 3.2 innings of relief, striking out three, for his second save of the season.
The Hoyas (23-23, 6-8 BIG EAST) came out swinging from the start, jumping out to a 6-1 lead after three innings, knocking the Butler (20-28, 6-8 BIG EAST) starting pitcher out in the second inning.
In the bottom of the first, Bushor drew a one-out walk and went to second on a single by Collins. Carter followed with a double down the right field line, scoring Bushor and sending Collins to third. Kuzbel knocked a sacrifice fly to center, plating Collins, to give GU a 2-0 lead.
After Butler got a run back in the top of the second, the Hoyas batted around in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four times to extend their lead to 6-1. Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) started the inning with a double and Hall was hit by a pitch to put the first two runners on base. With two outs, and both runners in scoring position after a DeRenzi ground out, Georgetown rattled off four-consecutive singles. Bushor started the attack with a lined single into center field, scoring both Webber and Hall. A single from Collins put two runners on base before a base knock by Carter plated Bushor from second and sent Collins to third. Kuzbel capped the rally with a single that scored Collins, pushing the lead to five, 6-1.
Hall lined a solo home run, his third of the season, over the left field wall in the third inning to bring the lead to 7-1.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to 7-4 with a three-run top of the fourth, but the Hoyas answered right back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Bushor led off with a single and went all the way to third on a double by Collins. Carter drove in Bushor with a single and Collins scored on a safety squeeze by Charlie Dillon (Chicago, Ill./Berkshire School), beating the throw home from the pitcher to regain GU's five-run lead, 9-4.
With the lead cut down to 9-5, Georgetown put three more runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh. Bushor lined a one-out single into right field before Collins launched a hanging curveball well over the right field wall for his seventh home run of the season. One out later, with Kuzbel on first after reaching on a fielder's choice, Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont) hit a pinch-hit double into the left-center gap, putting runners on second and third. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS), who was also pinch hitting, beat out a grounder to first for an infield single, scoring Kuzbel from third to provide the final margin, 12-5.
The two teams will conclude the three-game series with a rubber match on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) will start for the Hoyas.
Notes - Collins' home run in the seventh inning was his 100th-career RBI ... Prior to the game, the Hoyas celebrated their senior class - pitchers Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) and Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), Busch and Carter in a pregame ceremony.