May 14, 2018
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University baseball team returns home for its final four home games of the regular season, beginning the week with the last nonconference contest of the year when UMBC visits Shirley Povich Field on Tuesday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and links to live stats and a subscription-based video stream will be available on GUHoyas.com.
The Hoyas (24-26, 8-7 BIG EAST), who have currently won 12-consecutive games at Shirley Povich Field, are coming off of a 1-2 series against Butler in Indianapolis over the weekend. The Bulldogs took the first two games, 15-8 and 3-0, before GU came back to win Sunday's finale, 5-3. Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) had a career-high three RBIs and Ryan M. Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) homered in Friday's setback before Jeremiah Burke (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central/La Salle Institute) pitched a career-high 7.1 innings to pick up his third-straight win in Sunday's victory. Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) hit a solo home run and every Hoya had a hit in the win.
Senior pitcher Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for his efforts in Georgetown's five games last week. He made three appearances, recording all three saves in Georgetown's 3-2 week while not allowing a run and just one hit in 3.1 innings pitched. On Wednesday, Swad recorded the final two outs of GU's 7-5 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Maryland Eastern Shore before coming back on in the nightcap to pitch the final inning in a 7-6 victory, recording his second save of the day. In Sunday's series finale at Butler, Swad set Georgetown's single season record with his 12th save of the year, going 1.2 innings to lock up GU's 5-3 win.
For the season, Ryan P. Davis (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton) leads the Hoyas with a .315 (39-for-124) batting average. Ryan M. Davis is batting .307 (58-for-189) with a team-high 12 doubles while ranking second with 26 RBIs. He is second in the BIG EAST with 18 stolen bases. Eddie McCabe (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) owns a .302 (57-for-189) batting average and has a team-leading 35 RBIs. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS) is hitting .304 (55-for-181) and is tied with Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont) for the squad lead with three home runs. Bernauer is also tied with Ryan M. Davis with 26 RBIs.
UMBC enters Tuesday's matchup with a 21-25 overall record and an 11-10 mark in America East play after taking two of three from Binghamton over the weekend. The Retrievers are batting .259 as a team, led by Joey Goodwin who has a .374 batting average. Zack Bright is hitting .310 and is tied for second with four home runs. Collin Stack is only hitting .200, but has a team-high five home runs. The pitching staff owns a 5.46 team ERA and opponents are batting .273 against the Retrievers with 27 home runs.
The two teams met last month, with the Hoyas rallying for an 11-9 victory at Alumni Field in Catonsville, Maryland. Ryan M. Davis tied the program record with six hits in the game while also scoring four runs, driving in four RBIs and stealing two bases. Georgetown had a season-high 19 hits and came back from an early 7-2 deficit behind 5.2 innings of relief from Owen Lamon (Herndon, Va./Oakton) who did not allow an earned run.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Tuesday (7 p.m.)
Georgetown -- RHP Owen Lamon (4-3, 7.00 ERA, 54.0 IP, 43 K)
UMBC -- RHP Greg Albert (2-0, 4.18 ERA, 23.2 IP, 20 K)
Following Tuesday's game, the Hoyas will remain home for their final BIG EAST series, welcoming Seton Hall to Shirley Povich Field for a three-game set. The series will be played Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Friday's 4 p.m. game will serve as GU's Senior Day game with a pregame ceremony honoring the senior class. Georgetown enters the weekend needing just one win to clinch a berth in the BIG EAST Championship.