PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Western Michigan scored eight runs over the final three innings to defeat the Georgetown University baseball team, 12-7, on Friday afternoon. The game was played as part of the Snowbird Baseball Classic at South Charlotte Regional Park in Port Charlotte, Florida. With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 1-11 on the season, while the Broncos improve to 7-5.
Nick Morreale (Lake Elmo, Minn./St. Thomas Academy/IMG Academy) started on the mound and went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and five walks, striking out four.
Richie O’Reilly (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Loyola HS) had two hits and three RBIs to lead the offense. Freddy Achecar III (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School) had two hits, walked twice and scored two runs, while Eddie McCabe (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) and Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John’s College HS) each also had two hits.
Western Michigan came out quickly, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a trio of hits.
The Hoyas answered right back, cutting the deficit in half with a run in the bottom half of the first. Bernstein lined a one-out double down the right field line and came around to score when Ryan M. Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) chopped a single over the first baseman’s head to make it 2-1.
The Broncos got a two-out, two-run single on a high chopper over the infield to extend their advantage to 4-1 in the top of the third.
Six singles in a span of seven batters plated four runs for GU in the bottom of the fourth to give the Blue & Gray a 5-4 lead. Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) and McCabe led off with consecutive knocks before Achecar lined one down the right field line for a single to score Stevens and send McCabe to third. O’Reilly followed with an RBI single to push McCabe across the plate. After a fly out sent Achecar to third, James Gabor (Wyndmoor, Pa./William Penn Charter School) looped a single into center to score a run and push O’Reilly to third. Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) laid down a perfect safety squeeze for a single as O’Reilly eluded the tag at the plate to give GU the lead.
After Morreale got a big strikeout to leave the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, the Hoyas padded their lead with a run in the bottom half. Two walks and a single loaded the bases before O’Reilly was hit by a pitch to make it 6-4.
Western Michigan retook the lead in the top of the seventh, scoring four times off of Beau Dana (Marblehead, Mass./Deerfield Academy) to go up, 8-6. The Broncos scored twice in both the eighth and ninth innings off of Conor Cuse (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Harvard-Westlake/Stanford).
O’Reilly got a run back for GU in the bottom of the seventh, ripping an RBI double into the left-center field gap to score Achecar, who had walked and gone to second on a wild pitch.
Georgetown will be back in action at the Snowbird Baseball Classic on Saturday with the first of two matchups with Saint Joseph’s. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.