Feb. 23, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. – For the second time in two days, sophomore catcher Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) delivered a walk off hit, driving in Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) with a single to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Georgetown baseball team an 11-10 victory over Hartford on Saturday night. The win completed a three-game sweep for the Hoyas. The games were played at Barcroft Field in Arlington, Va.
Georgetown’s starting pitcher, Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca), battled through five innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on 10 hits. Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) led the Hoyas’ offense with four hits and Collins added three base knocks and two RBI. Patrick Camporini (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) added two hits and Webber had three runs scored and two RBI. Evan Ryan (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) also added two RBI. Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) pitched 3-2/3 innings in relief, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out five. Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) pitched a perfect top of the 11th, with two strikeouts, for his first collegiate win.
After Hartford (0-3) scored an unearned run in the top of the ninth to tie the score, the Hoyas (3-3) came close to winning the game in the bottom of the frame. Kuzbel, Collins and Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep (Mass.)/Guilderland) all hit one-out singles to load the bases, but AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) grounded to third, forcing out Kuzbel at the plate and Christian Venditti (Newtonville, Mass./St. Sebastian's School) flied out to right to end the inning.
The Hawks scored four runs in the top of the 10th off of Max Allen (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) and Jordan Chudacoff (Highland Park, Ill./New Trier/Lawrenceville) to take a commanding 10-6 lead.
The Hoyas came right back, however, with four runs of their own in the bottom of the 11th, as the first seven batters reach base. After Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) and Curtiss Pomeroy (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's/Phillips Andover) both reached base in their first at-bat, Webber drove in Bialkowski with a single to right field. Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) loaded the bases with a bunt single and Kuzbel plated Pomeroy with a single to center. Collins was then hit by a pitch and Anderson walked, tying the score. However, with the bases loaded and nobody out, Georgetown could not score another run as Carter grounded to the shortstop, forcing Kuzbel out at home and Venditti and Bialkowski both struck out.
In the bottom of the 11th, Webber drew a one-out walk and advanced to second when Kuzbel singled, his fourth hit of the game, with two outs, setting up Collins heroics.
Georgetown will head to Princess Anne, Md. for a midweek matchup on Wednesday with Maryland-Eastern Shore. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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