Jan. 30, 2016
WASHINGTON - As the Georgetown University baseball team hosts its first official practices this weekend in anticipation of its season opener on February 19, three members of the team were selected to the College Sports Madness BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference Second Team.
Senior right-hander Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley), junior reliever David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) and junior outfielder Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) all earned spots on the second team, which was picked by the staff at College Sports Madness based off of 2015 statistics.
Smith, who was selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team last month, is coming off one of the best seasons in program history by a Georgetown pitcher. As a junior, Smith was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team after tying the program record with 78 strikeouts while posting a 4-5 record with a 2.80 ERA in 86.2 innings pitched over 14 starts. He led the entire BIG EAST in strikeouts, and ranked among the conference leaders in ERA and innings pitched. Smith pitched two complete games, including against top-seeded St. John's in the BIG EAST Tournament. He had a career-high eight strikeouts on four separate occasions and had six starts of giving up just one earned run or less. He currently ranks seventh in the Georgetown record books with 165 career strikeouts.
Ellingson was selected to the All-BIG EAST Second Team following his sophomore season in 2015. He had one of the best seasons a Georgetown relief pitcher has ever had, finishing the regular season with a 0.75 ERA and nine saves in 24 innings pitched. The right-handed flamethrower averaged nearly a strikeout per inning, fanning 23 on the season and only gave up two earned runs. Opponents hit just .236 off of him and he registered a meager 1.38 walks and hits per innings (WHIP) average.
Hall had a strong sophomore season, finishing with a .285 (37-for-130) batting average, three home runs and 20 RBI. He tied for the first on the team with two triples and was tied for fourth in doubles (7) and home runs. Hall also finished the year with a .438 slugging percentage and a .379 on-base percentage. He was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on May 18 after batting .467 (7-for-15) in the series at Seton Hall and helping the Hoyas clinch a berth to the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time since 1986. He was also named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll in April after hitting his first-career home run at Villanova.
The Hoyas, who were picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, open the 2016 season on Friday, February 19, playing Wake Forest at the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Blue & Gray are coming off of a memorable 2015 season that saw the squad qualify for the BIG EAST Championships for the first time in 29 years.