March 5, 2017
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Georgetown University baseball team won its fifth game in a row, defeating Ball State, 3-0, on Sunday morning at North Charlotte Regional Park as part of the Snowbird Baseball Classic. With the win, the Hoyas improved to 7-5, while the Cardinals fell to 7-4.
Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) started on the mound and was dominant through 8.0 shutout innings. He allowed six hits and struck out six. Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) fired a scoreless ninth, with two strikeouts, for his fourth save of the season.
Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) led the offense with two hits and two runs scored. Zach Racusin (Morristown, N.J./Salisbury School/Marist) had a hit and two RBI.
Superko looked strong early, working out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam in the second inning. After a walk and two singles filled the bases, Superko induced a lineout, strikeout and pop out to strand all three runners.
The Hoyas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth as DeRenzi led off with a bunt single. He stole second with one out and scored when Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) lofted an RBI single just inside the left field line.
The Blue & Gray tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh, scoring twice with two outs. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS) and DeRenzi started the two-out rally with a walk and single and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Racusin then lined a two-run single into left field to extend GU's lead to 3-0.
Superko, meanwhile, was on cruise control. After DeRenzi threw out a runner at the plate to end the fourth, Superko retired the final 12 batters he faced over the next four innings. He needed just15 pitches combined in the fifth and sixth innings, 13 in the seventh and nine pitches in the eighth.
Swad walked the first batter of the ninth, but bounced back to strike out the next two before ending the game on a fly out to right.
Georgetown will enjoy a day off on Monday before returning to action on Tuesday against Western Michigan at noon. Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C/Maret) will take the mound for the Blue & Gray. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
Notes - Sunday was GU's second shutout in three games â€¦ The Hoyas have allowed just three runs over their last 30 innings pitched.