WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Georgetown University baseball team dropped its season opener, 7-2, at Wake Forest University on Friday evening at the Demon Deacons’ David F. Couch Ballpark. With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 0-1, while the Demon Deacons move to 1-0.
Nick Morreale (Lake Elmo, Minn./St. Thomas Academy/IMG Academy), making his first career start, went 5.0 strong innings, allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking four. He set career highs in innings pitched and strikeouts. Jack Cushing (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) took the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, with one strikeout in two innings of work. Matt Randolph (Concord, N.C./Cannon School/Emory) fired a scoreless inning.
Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) led the offense with a pair of hits, including a two-run home run to drive in both of GU’s runs. Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Ryan M. Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) each had a single and a stolen base. Stevens and Davis both also drew a walk.
The game was scoreless through the first three innings as Morreale battled with control. He walked the first two batters of the game before settling down to strike out the next two before getting out of the inning with a ground out. In the third inning, a sliding catch in center field by Davis, playing his first career game in the outfield, stranded two runners in scoring position.
Wake Forest broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning with a walk and a single, the first hit allowed by Morreale. After a sacrifice bunt put two runners in scoring position, the Demon Deacons took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly to deep left. They added a run with a solo home run in the fifth inning to go up 2-0.
The Hoyas answered right back in the top of the sixth inning with a two-out rally. Davis chopped a single up the middle before Stevens launched a 2-0 pitch well over the right field fence for a two-run home run, tying the game at two.
The Demon Deacons retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring five runs, including a three-run homer, off of Cushing to take a 7-2 lead.
Georgetown only managed one more baserunner, a ninth-inning walk by Stevens, and could not mount a rally.
The Hoyas will return to the field on Saturday, taking on Gardner-Webb in a neutral site game. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Wake Forest’s David F. Couch Ballpark. Live stats will be available at GUHoyas.com.