May 24, 2018
MASON, Ohio - The No. 4-seed Georgetown University baseball team lost an early lead, falling to top-seeded St. John's, 5-2, on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the 2018 BIG EAST Championship, presented by Jeep, played at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio. With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 25-29 on the season, while the Red Storm improve to 37-14.
Brent Killam (Nokomis, Fla./Venice) started on the mound and went 6.0 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out eight. Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) fired two scoreless innings of relief with one strikeout.
Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Ryan M. Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) led the GU offense with two hits apiece.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in each of the first two innings. Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont) laced a two-out double in the top of the first that scored Davis all the way from first. In the second, Freddy Achecar III (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School) was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a ground out and third on an error before crossing the plate on a single by DeRenzi to give GU a 2-0 lead.
St. John's got a run back with a triple and a ground out in the bottom of the second, then took the lead with a three-run home run in the third inning. A solo shot in the bottom of the fourth gave the Red Storm a 5-2 advantage.
Georgetown brought the tying run to the plate in both the seventh and eighth innings, but could not bring any runs home as St. John's shut out the Hoyas over the final seven innings.
The Blue & Gray will play the loser of No. 2 Seton Hall and No. 3 Butler on Friday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN). Live stats will be available at GUHoyas.com.
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