Feb. 26, 2017
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The University of Dayton scored two runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Georgetown University baseball team, 8-7, on Sunday afternoon at Wofford's Russell C. King Field. With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 2-5, while the Flyers improve to 2-4. Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) finished with two hits and three RBI, including a sacrifice fly and squeeze bunt, and scored two runs. Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) had two hits and scored two runs. Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) had two hits and two RBI, including his first-career home run, while Zach Racusin (Morristown, N.J./Salisbury School/Marist) also had two hits, an RBI and scored a run.
Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) started and went 6.0 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, while striking out six.
The Hoyas got the offense rolling right from the get-go as Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS) lined a leadoff double down the right field line on the first pitch of the game. With one out, Racusin hit a triple into the right field gap to score Bernstein before Kuzbel lined a single into center to push Racusin across the plate. Stevens then launched a two-run home run, the first of his career, well over the center field fence to give GU an early 4-0 lead.
Dayton answered with a five-run inning in the top of the second, on four hits and two walks, to take a 5-4 lead.
Georgetown tied things up in the bottom of the third with an unearned run. DeRenzi stretched a line drive to left field into a double to lead off the inning and moved to third on a passed ball. One out later, Kuzbel hit a sacrifice fly to right field, allowing DeRenzi to scamper home and make it a 5-5 game.
The Flyer retook the lead in the top of the fifth on a solo home run.
Kuzbel and Stevens reached on consecutive singles in the bottom of the sixth inning, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Ryan Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) reached on a fielder's choice as Kuzbel crossed the plate to knot the score, 6-6.
In the bottom of the seventh, DeRenzi led off with an infield single and went to second on a throwing error. He stole third as Racusin walked and, after Kuzbel laid down a perfect safety squeeze, slid around the tag at the plate to give the Hoyas a 7-6 lead.
Dayton scored two runs, one earned, off of Alex Deise (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. John's College HS [D.C.]/FSU) in the ninth on a single, double and error to retake the lead, 8-7.
The Hoyas could not rally again in the bottom of the ninth.
Georgetown will return to the DMV for a pair of midweek games this week. GU will travel to Navy on Tuesday at 2 p.m. before crossing the Potomac River to take on George Washington in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Following the two midweek matchups, the Hoyas will head to Florida for their eight-game, 10-day spring break trip.