March 24, 2016
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) used a seven-run sixth inning to break a 6-6 tie and pull away for a 17-9 win over the Georgetown University baseball team on Thursday evening at UNCG Baseball Stadium. GU fell to 11-11 on the season, while UNCG improved to 16-6.
Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) led Georgetown's 12-hit attack on a 3-for-5 effort with a couple of RBI. Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) had two hits and three RBI, while Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) and Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) each had two base knocks.
Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) started on the mound and battled against the nation's best offense. He went 5.1 innings, giving up 10 runs, eight earned, on 10 hits. He struck out a season-high six.
UNCG entered the game leading the country in several offensive categories, including team batting average (.364), slugging percentage (.542), doubles per game (2.96) and on-base percentage (.439) while ranking second in runs per game (9.3).
Georgetown got on the board right away in the top of the first. Shirley led off with a double off the left field wall, missing a home run by just a few feet. He moved to third on a ground out by DeRenzi and, after a walk from Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge), scored when Bialkowski reached on a fielder's choice to give the Hoyas a 1-0 lead.
UNCG immediately answered in the bottom of the first with two runs on three hits, giving the Spartans a 2-1 lead.
GU came right back with two runs of its own in the second inning to take the lead back, 3-2. Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley) walked with one out and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's). Hall hit a two-out double to left field to score Weisenberberg and came around to score on an RBI single from Shirley.
The Spartans tied the score, 3-3, with a solo home run in the bottom of the second.
The Hoyas took their third lead of the game with a run in the top of the fourth. Hall lined his second double down the left field line and kept going to third when the ball got past the left fielder. He scored one out later when DeRenzi singled through the right side, giving GU a 4-3 lead.
UNCG regained the lead, 6-4, with a three-run fourth, scoring on two singles, a triple and a sacrifice fly.
Bialkowski led off the top of the fifth with a solo home run over the left field fence, going to the opposite field for his third home run of the season. Chase Bushor (San Diego, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) was hit by a pitch and took third on a one-out single by Weisenberg. He scored on a safety squeeze from Webber to tie the score, 6-6.
The Spartans put up seven runs in the bottom of the sixth -- on a single, error, four walks and a grand slam - off of a trio of GU pitchers to take a commanding 13-6 lead. They tacked on another run in the seventh and three more in the eighth off of Casey Goldenberg (North Palm Beach, Fla./Suncoast Community).
DeRenzi launched a two-run home run well over the right field wall in the top of the eighth for his first career home run. Hall drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the ninth to score Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont).
The two teams will resume their series on Friday at 2 p.m. Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School/Temple) will start on the mound for the Blue & Gray. Live stats will be available on www.guhoyas.com.
Webber's two sacrifice bunts were the 21st and 22nd of his career, surpassing Andy Lentz ('12) for the Georgetown program record.