May 9, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University baseball team (24-26) will travel to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) (23-20) on Tuesday night for its final nonconference game of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at UMBC's Alumni Field in Baltimore and live stats will be available at www.guhoyas.com.
On Monday, Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time in his career. Davis made three appearances last week, finishing 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and four strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched. After going 0.2 innings with a strikeout on Saturday, Davis earned the win on Sunday with 1.2 scoreless frames and two strikeouts. He entered in a tie game with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh and got a strikeout and ground out to end the inning. He stranded the go-ahead run on third in the eighth with his second strikeout.
The Hoyas are coming off of a 1-2 weekend in a BIG EAST series at No. 23 Creighton University. In Sunday's series finale, Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) drove in Richie O'Reilly (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Loyola HS) three times as Georgetown overcame an early deficit to defeat the Bluejays, 3-2. Jack Cushing (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) started and went 6.1 strong innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and two walks. Davis fired 1.2 innings of relief with two strikeouts to pick up his third win of the season. David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) pitched a perfect ninth inning, with one strikeout, for his 10th save of the season.
For the season, the Hoyas are led by Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) who continues to be strong at the plate, tying for the BIG EAST lead with 62 hits and five triples, while ranking second with a .333 batting average (62-for-186). He is also leads GU with 22 stolen bases and 88 total bases. He is tied for second on the team with three home runs and is second with 30 runs scored. Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) also has three home runs out of the cleanup spot for the Hoyas and leads the squad with 29 RBI. Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley) has a team-high four home runs.
UMBC enters Tuesday's matchup on a four-game winning streak having swept a three-game winning streak at UMass Lowell this past weekend. The Retrievers have a .285 team batting average and the pitching staff has a 4.76 team ERA. Kevin Lachance leads UMBC in several statistical categories. He is tops with a .402 batting average, 69 hits, 13 doubles and 25 stolen bases. He is second with six home runs and third with 26 RBI. Hunter Dolshun leads the team with eight home runs, while Jamie Switalski has a team-best 34 RBI.
The two teams have already met twice this season, with the Hoyas winning both meetings. In the opening weekend of the season in Winston-Salem, N.C., Georgetown overcame a five-run deficit to defeat UMBC, 6-5, in 10 innings. O'Reilly hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded and two outs in his first career at bat. The teams met nine days later at Shirley Povich Field when the Hoyas won, 1-0, behind six shutout innings from Cushing in his first career start and an RBI double from Chase Bushor (San Diego, Calif./Santa Fe Christian).
Senior Tim Davis has made 95 appearances on the mound in a Georgetown uniform, tying Pablo Vinent ('12) for the program record for career appearances.
Friday night at Creighton was senior Matt Smith's (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) 48th career start, tying him with Tim Adleman ('10) and Eddie Pena ('05) for the top spot in the Georgetown career record books. With two outs in the bottom of the second, Smith surpassed Tom Bass ('83) for the program record with 298.2 career innings pitched. He has now thrown 303.2 career innings. Additionally, Smith now has 222 career strikeouts and is just two shy of tying Adleman for the program record (224).
What's Up Next
The Hoyas will play their final BIG EAST series this weekend when they host Villanova University for a three-game set with heavy playoff implications. First pitch at Shirley Povich Field is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday while Sunday's series finale is set for 1 p.m. Prior to Saturday's game, Georgetown will recognize its eight seniors in a Senior Day ceremony.
Probable Pitching Matchup
Tuesday (6 p.m.)
UMBC: RHP Matt Chanin - 0-5, 10.16 ERA
Georgetown: RHP Kevin Superko - 0-4, 6.65 ERA