May 13, 2016
BETHESDA, Md. - Despite a pair of pitching records set by Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley), the Georgetown University baseball team fell to Villanova University, 6-1, on Friday night in a BIG EAST Conference game at Shirley Povich Field. With the loss, GU fell to 24-28 on the season and 7-9 in BIG EAST play, while Villanova improved to 19-28 overall and 4-9 in conference action.
Smith started on the mound and went six-plus innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on nine hits and three walks, while striking out seven. His start was the 49th of his career, surpassing Tim Adleman ('10) and Eddie Pena ('05) for the top spot in the Georgetown record books. Smith's third strikeout of the game, in the top of the fourth inning, gave him 225 and passed Adleman for the program record. He now has 229 career strikeouts.
Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) fired two scoreless innings out of the bullpen with three strikeouts.
Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) and Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) led the offense with two hits apiece.
Three Villanova singles in the top of the first gave the Wildcats a quick 1-0 lead. They added a run on a wild pitch in the top of the fifth to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Hoyas got a run back in the bottom half of the fifth. Chase Bushor (San Diego, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) led off with a walk and, one out later, moved up to second on a single by Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS). Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Bushor scored on a balk when the Villanova pitcher stumbled while delivering a pitch.
The Wildcats opened things up with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh, extending their lead to 5-1. They tacked on a run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly off of Max Allen (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park).
The two teams will resume their three-game series on Saturday with a 7 p.m. game. Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins/Temple) will start on the mound for the Blue & Gray. Prior to the game, Georgetown will honor its eight seniors with a Senior Day ceremony.