PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Georgetown University baseball team outhit Mount St. Mary's, 7-3, but committed four costly errors in a 4-3 setback on Saturday evening. The game was played as part of the Snowbird Baseball Classic at North Charlotte Regional Park in Port Charlotte, Florida. With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 0-8 on the season, while the Mountaineers improve to 3-5.
Nick Morreale (Lake Elmo, Minn./St. Thomas Academy/IMG Academy) started on the mound and went 4.0-plus innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on two hits while setting a career high with eight strikeouts. Brent Killam (Nokomis, Fla./Venice) retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced in 4.0 innings of relief, striking out a career-high six.
Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) led the offense with two hits and also reached base via a walk. Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) was on base three times with two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Freddy Achecar III (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School) and Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) both reached base twice as well.
The Hoyas jumped on the board quickly in the top of the first with a pair of runs. Shirley led off with a walk and went to second on a ground out. He came around to score on a two-out single by Stevens. After an 11-pitch at-bat, Achecar singled to right field to move Stevens up and then Eddie McCabe (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) reached on an error as Stevens scampered home to put GU up, 2-0.
Mount St. Mary's quickly tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, plating two runs on a single, hit-by-pitch and two errors.
Morreale cruised through the next three innings, striking out six in that span including striking out the side on 10 pitches in the second inning.
The Mount loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the fifth on two walks and an error. A double scored two runs to break the tie and give the Mountaineers a 4-2 lead. Killam got two big strikeouts to strand two more runners and contain the damage.
Georgetown got a run back in the seventh behind a two-out rally. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS) and Ryan M. Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) hit consecutive singles before Stevens and Achecar drew back-to-back walks, the latter coming on a nine-pitch at-bat to score Bernstein and cut the deficit to one, 4-3.
The Hoyas put two runners on in each of the eighth and ninth innings, but could not push across the tying run. In the ninth, with runners on first and second, DeRenzi lined a shot into the gap that the center fielder made a diving catch on to end the game.
The Blue & Gray will be back in action at the Snowbird Baseball Classic on Sunday morning against Dartmouth. First pitch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.