March 29, 2016
FAIRFAX, Va. - The Georgetown University baseball team dropped its fourth-consecutive game on Tuesday afternoon, falling 2-1, to George Mason University at Spuhler Field. With the loss, GU fell to 11-14 on the season while the Patriots improved to 8-17.
Jack Cushing (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) started and pitched four innings, giving up one run on two hits and four walks while striking out one. Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) pitched four innings in relief with five strikeouts, allowing just one run on two hits. He retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced.
Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./Saint John's College HS) led the GU offense with two hits.
George Mason took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second without the benefit of a hit. Cushing walked three batters to load the bases with one out before a sacrifice fly brought a run home.
The Patriots added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on a single and a triple, pushing their lead to 2-0.
Georgetown put together a threat in the top of the sixth inning as Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) led off with an infield single and went all the way to third on a throwing error. Dante Ricciardi (West Boylston, Mass./Worcester Academy) walked to put runners on the corners with nobody out. However, Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) popped up and Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) lined out to first for a double play to end the threat.
GU broke through for a run in the top of the seventh. Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) was hit by a pitch with one out and went to second on a two-out single by Bernstein. Charlie Dillon (Chicago, Ill./Berkshire/Catholic) followed with an RBI single to center to score Bialkowski, cutting the deficit to one, 2-1.
With one out in the eighth, Hall was hit by a pitch and DeRenzi lined a double down the right field line. The ball scooted under the fence in the right field corner, forcing the runners to stop at second and third. After a George Mason pitching change, Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) popped up to the shortstop in shallow center and Bialkowski grounded out to first to strand the tying run on third.
The Hoyas will travel to Baltimore on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. contest against Coppin State. Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret) will start on the mound for the Blue & Gray. Live stats will be available at www.guhoyas.com.