April 1, 2016
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) lined a two-run single into right field in the top of the 13th inning to lead the Georgetown University baseball team to an 8-6 win over the College of William & Mary on Friday night at Plumeri Park. With the win, GU improved to 13-14 on the season, while the Tribe fell to 12-12.
Kuzbel finished with two hits, while Cristian Sanchez (Shorewood, Ill./Minooka Community) had two hits and three RBI. Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) also had two hits and Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) was on base four times, including a hit and two walks.
Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) started on the mound and threw 7+ strong inning, allowing four runs on six hits while finishing with a season-high seven strikeouts. He threw a first-pitch strike to 16-of-27 batters he faced. Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS) threw a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts and Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) fired scoreless 12th and 13th innings for the win.
William & Mary scored the game's first run on a wind-aided opposite field home run to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
Georgetown answered right back in the top of the third, scoring twice to take a 2-1 lead. Hall started the rally with a one-out walk and moved up to second on a single by Shirley. Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) followed with an RBI single to score Hall and send Shirley to third. With two outs, Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) struck out on a ball in the dirt but reached safely when the catcher's throw to first was wild allowing Shirley to score from third.
Sanchez padded GU's lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth with his first career home run, a solo shot to left, on a 2-0 pitch.
The Tribe scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the score, 3-3.
The Hoyas came right back, however, with three runs on just one hit in the top of the eighth. Kuzbel reached on an error and Bialkowski walked to lead things off. Both runners advanced on a failed pickoff attempt and scored one out later on a double to right-center by Sanchez. After a wild pitch and a walk to Dante Ricciardi (West Boylston, Mass./Worcester Academy), Sanchez crossed the plate on a safety squeeze from Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) to give GU a 6-3 lead.
William & Mary got a run back in the bottom of the eighth on a leadoff double and two-out single to cut Georgetown's advantage to two, 6-4.
The Tribe scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, on a two-out, two-strike single, off of David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park). Ellingson stranded the winning run on third with a strikeout.
Ellingson bounced back to pitch two scoreless innings in the 10th and 11th innings while the two sides battled through three scoreless extra innings before the Hoyas broke through in the top of the 13th inning. Webber led off with a walk before Hall and Charlie Dillon (Chicago, Ill./Berkshire School/Catholic) both laid down sacrifice bunts and reached when the pitcher threw wildly to first, loading the bases with nobody out. With one out, Kuzbel lined a single into right field to score both Webber and Hall to give Georgetown the 8-6 lead.
Swad threw a perfect frame in the bottom of the 13th inning to close out the win.
The two teams will resume their three-game series on Saturday with a 4 p.m. scheduled start. Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School/Temple) will take the mound for GU. Live stats will be available at www.guhoyas.com.
DeRenzi's single in the third inning extended his hitting streak to 12 games ... After starting the year 0-for-1 in a pinch-hitting appearance, Sanchez is 5-for-8 in his first two starts over the past two games with three doubles, a home run and six RBI ... The 13-inning game was the longest that Georgetown has played since defeating Hartford, 4-3, on Feb. 21, 2014.