May 25, 2018
MASON, Ohio - The No. 4-seed Georgetown University baseball team was eliminated from the 2018 BIG EAST Championship, presented by Jeep, falling, 21-5, on Friday afternoon to second-seeded Seton Hall. The game was played at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio. With the loss, the Hoyas saw their season end with a 25-30 overall record, while the Pirates improved to 28-19-1.
Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) led the Hoyas with two hits and three RBIs. He and fellow senior Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) both homered.
For the second-straight day, the Hoyas opened up an early lead, scoring in the top of the first inning. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS) was hit by a pitch to lead things off and went to second on sacrifice bunt. Eddie McCabe (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) reached on an error to send Bernstein to third before Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont) delivered an RBI ground out to give GU a 1-0 lead.
Seton Hall quickly responded with three runs in the bottom of the first on a double and three singles. The Pirates broke it open with a six-run second inning to take a 9-1 advantage.
The deficit was 11-1 in the top of the fourth when Stevens launched a solo home run, well over the scoreboard in right-center field, for his third home run of the year. After two hit-by-pitches, DeRenzi lifted an opposite-field home run off of the video board in left for a three-run shot to cut Seton Hall's lead to 11-5.
The Pirates added a run in the fourth, and nine over the final three innings, to provide the final score.
Georgetown's season ends with an overall record of 25-30, going 25-20 after dropping the first 10 games of the season to earn the program's fourth-consecutive season 25-win season and the fifth in the past six years. The Hoyas went 8-9 in BIG EAST play, qualifying for its first conference tournament since 2015 and just the second since 1986. Four players were selected to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, tying a program record.