PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Georgetown University baseball team split a pair of games with Saint Joseph's University on Sunday, falling in game one, 4-3, before coming back to win game two, 4-1. The games were played as part of the Snowbird Baseball Classic at South Charlotte Regional Park in Port Charlotte, Florida. With the split, the Hoyas move to 2-12 on the season, while the Hawks are 4-7.
Game One: Saint Joseph's 4, Georgetown 3
The Hoyas out the Hawks, 10-7, but a late home run gave Saint Joseph's the 4-3 victory. The game started on Saturday, but was suspended in the fifth inning after a 51-minute rain delay and completed on Sunday morning.
Jacob Grzebinski (Bellaire, Texas/Emery Weiner) made his first collegiate appearance on the mound and went 5.0 strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out one. Owen Lamon (Herndon, Va./Oakton) took over the pitching duties when the game resumed on Sunday and went 2.2 innings allowing one run with three strikeouts. Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) took the loss, allowing one run in 1.1 innings of relief with two strikeouts.
Ryan M. Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) led the offense with three hits, including a pair of doubles. Freddy Achecar III (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School) had two hits and Ryan P. Davis (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton) was on base three times with a double and two walks.
Saint Joseph's opened up a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings. The Hoyas came back to take the lead with a three-run bottom of the third. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS) singled to start the rally, and went to third on Ryan M. Davis' second double of the game. One out later, Eddie McCabe (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) lined his team-leading fifth double of the season into the right-center field gap to score both runners. Two batters later, John Simourian (Andover, Mass./Phillips Andover) singled in McCabe to give GU the 3-2 advantage.
The Hawks rallied with a two-run homer off of Swad in the top of the eighth to retake the lead, 4-3.
The Hoyas stranded eight runners over the final five innings, including seven in scoring position. They got the tying run to third base in the ninth inning, but could not even the score.
Game Two: Georgetown 4, Saint Joseph's 1
Three Georgetown pitchers combined to allow just one run, while striking out eight as the Hoyas took game two, 4-1.
Brent Killam (Nokomis, Fla./Venice) make his first start of the year on the mound and turned in a strong performance, going 6.0 innings and allowing just one run on five hits, while walking none and striking out five. Jack Cushing (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) struck out three in two hitless innings of work and Swad shut the door in the ninth for his second save of the year.
McCabe led the offense with two hits and a walk, while Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) also had two hits.
DeRenzi led off the top of the third inning with a routine single that he hustled into a double. He came around to score on a double by Achecar. A two-out single by Ryan M. Davis pushed Achecar across the plate to make it 2-0.
Saint Joseph's cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fifth when a ground ball took a bad hop for a single, allowing a run to score.
The Hoyas added an insurance run in the top of the eighth. A single, error and hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with nobody out before a sacrifice fly by Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice), chasing Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) home to extend the lead to 3-1.
Georgetown scored again in the ninth, pushing its lead to 4-1. Simourian led off with an infield single and went to second on an errant throw. Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont), in the game as a defensive replacement, singled to put runners on the corners before Simourian came home on a wild pitch.
The Blue & Gray will return to the DMV for its home opener on Wednesday against Coppin State. First pitch at Shirley Povich Field is scheduled for 3 p.m. Live stats and a subscription-based video stream will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.