May 11, 2018
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University baseball team suffered a 15-8 setback to Butler in Friday's series opener at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis. With the loss, the Hoyas saw their eight-game winning streak snapped and fall to 23-25 on the year and 7-6 in BIG EAST play, while the Bulldogs improve to 30-15 overall and 7-6 in conference action. The two teams are now tied for third in the conference standings.
Jack Cushing (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) started on the mound and lasted just 3.0+ innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and two walks. Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) gave up eight runs, although just two were earned, in 3.2 innings of relief. Matt Randolph (Concord, N.C./Cannon School/Emory) pitched 0.1 innings and Conor Cuse (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Harvard-Westlake/Stanford) fired a scoreless inning.
Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) was one of six Hoyas with a multi-hit performance, leading the way with two hits and a career-high three RBIs. Ryan M. Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley), James Gabor (Wyndmoor, Pa./William Penn Charter School) and Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) all had two hits and scored two runs. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS) and Eddie McCabe (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) also had two hits apiece.
After Butler took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Hoyas answered back with four runs in the top of the second as six straight batters reached base. Ryan M. Davis started the rally with a one-out single and went to second on a single by Gabor. DeRenzi then grounded a single into right field to score Davis and send Gabor to third. Shirley laid down a perfect bunt for an RBI single, scoring Gabor. After a walk to Bernstein loaded the bases, Ryan P. Davis (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton) delivered a two-run single into left to give GU a 4-2 lead.
Georgetown hustled its way into a two-out rally in the top of the third, scoring three runs to extend its lead to 7-2. Gabor looped a ball over the shortstop and used his speed to stretch it into a double. DeRenzi then beat out an infield single and stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Shirley followed with an infield single to score both runners as DeRenzi slid home safely from second. Shirley then stole second and came around to score on a single by Bernstein to give the Hoyas a five-run advantage.
The Bulldogs quickly cut the Georgetown lead to just one, 7-6, with a grand slam in the bottom of the third. They reclaimed the lead with two more runs in the fourth, 8-7, before adding another run in the fifth.
Ryan M. Davis hit his first home run of the year, a shot over the right field fence, to lead off the top of the seventh and cut the deficit to one, 9-8. However, four GU errors led to six unearned runs for Butler in the bottom of the seventh to break the game open and provide the final score, 15-8.
The series will resume on Saturday with first pitch set for 2 p.m. Links to live stats and the Facebook Live video stream will be available at GUHoyas.com.