Jan. 18, 2017
WASHINGTON - Head Coach Pete Wilk and the Georgetown baseball team have selected the three captains for the upcoming 2017 season. Seniors Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School/Temple), Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) and Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret) were selected by a team vote and will lead the Hoyas this spring.
"I am pleased with our team's choice of leadership for this season," Wilk said. "These three young men demonstrate the qualities of great leaders on and off the field and I have full confidence with them at the helm."
Mathews, an All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selection, is coming off of a strong junior campaign. He was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team after firing 95.1 innings, throwing five complete games, and ranking third in the conference with a 2.45 ERA. A three-time BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week, Mathews finished with a 5-4 record, tying for the team lead in wins, and ranked second on the GU pitching staff with 59 strikeouts.
Kuzbel served as Georgetown's designated hitter in 2016, appearing in 43 games with 42 starts and earned an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection. He finished second on the team with a .293 batting average, two triples and 27 RBI and was third with 51 hits. He is GU's current active leader with 141 career hits, 31 doubles and 70 RBI and needs just nine more base hits to become the 24th member of the 150-hit club.
Leonard is entering his senior season after going 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 31 innings in 2016. He twice defeated Coppin State, recording a season-high four strikeouts in 5.1 innings on March 30 before not allowing an earned run in five innings on May 4. For his career, Leonard owns a 5-1 record with 43 strikeouts in 27 appearances covering 75 innings pitched.
The Hoyas open the 2017 season the weekend of Feb. 17-19, traveling to Davidson for a three-game series against the Wildcats.