April 1, 2017
Game 1 | Game 2
FAIRFAX, Va. - The Georgetown University baseball team split a doubleheader at George Mason University on Saturday afternoon at the Patriots' Spuhler Field. With the split, the Hoyas improved to 15-12 on the season, while the Patriots went to 10-16 overall.
Game One: George Mason 11, Georgetown 1
Georgetown managed only five hits and George Mason scored 11 runs on five GU errors over the final three innings to defeat the Hoyas, 11-1. The Blue & Gray was the designated home team on the first game of the doubleheader as Friday's series opener at Shirley Povich Field was rained out.
Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School/Temple) started on the mound and pitched 7.2 innings, allowing five runs, three earned, on eight hits. He struck out eight.
Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont) had two of Georgetown's hits, registering a single and a double, while driving in the only run.
The Hoyas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning behind some small ball. Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a ground out. After a wild pitch pushed him to third, he scored on an RBI ground out by Bernauer.
George Mason tied the game with an unearned run in the top of seventh, before scoring four runs in the eighth inning on a three-run home run and two-out single to score another unearned run. The Patriots added six more runs, only one of which was earned on three hits and three errors in the top of the ninth.
Game Two: Georgetown 7, George Mason 3
Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) finished a triple short of the cycle and Georgetown knocked out 12 hits and three home runs to win the nightcap, 7-3.
Hall led the GU offense, finishing with three hits, three RBI and scored two runs. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS) and Zach Racusin (Morristown, N.J./Salisbury School/Marist) each contributed two hits, while Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley) were each on base three times with a single and two walks.
Jack Cushing (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) started and went 6.1 strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) retired the only batter he faced and Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) struck out three in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
The Hoyas jumped on the board in the top of the first as Kuzbel launched a two-run home run over the right field fence. Racusin, who had walked, also crossed the plate to give GU a 2-0 lead.
Hall extended the lead to 5-0 in the second inning with a three-run blast over the left field wall, scoring both Bernauer, who was hit by a pitch, and Weisenberg, who had walked.
After the Patriots put a run on the board in the bottom of the second, Eric Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan/TCU/San Jacinto) led off the top of the third with a solo home run to push the lead back to five, 6-1. It was the first career home run for Garza.
A two-out, two run home run for George Mason cut the lead to 6-3, but a double by Hall and single from Bernstein with two outs in the top of the fifth gave the Hoyas a 7-3 advantage.
Cushing, Bialkowski and Swad combined to shut down the Patriots' offense over the final six innings.
The two teams will conclude the weekend series on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) will take the mound for the Blue & Gray. Live stats and a video stream will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Live updates can be found on the team's twitter account: @GtownBaseball.