March 12, 2016
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School/Temple) fired eight innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts and the Georgetown University baseball team defeated the University of Pennsylvania, 9-1, on Saturday afternoon at the spring training facility of the New York Mets. GU has now won three games in a row and improved to 7-7 on the season while Penn fell to 2-5.
Mathews pitched eight innings for the second-consecutive start. He did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and only gave up four hits on the day while setting a career high with the nine strikeouts. He struck out the side in the seventh inning and struck out the final batter he faced. Noah Clark (Dallas, Texas/Trinity Christian Academy) threw a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.
Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) and Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) led the offense with two hits apiece while three different Hoyas scored two runs on the day. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./Saint John's College HS) homered in his only at-bat of the day, his first career home run.
Georgetown got the scoring started in the top of the third. Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) led off with a triple, his second in two games, to deep right field. After a Kuzbel walk, Chase Bushor (San Diego, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) laid down a perfect safety squeeze bunt, scoring DeRenzi and pushing Kuzbel to second. Kuzbel advanced to third on a balk and scampered home on a sacrifice fly from Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton).
The Hoyas extended the lead with a three-run fourth inning. With one out, Webber singled to right field and came all the way around to score on a double from Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City). Hall proceeded to steal third base and came around to score on a single by Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley). DeRenzi switched places with Weisenberg on a fielder's choice and promptly stole second base. Kuzbel then lined a double deep down the right field line to score DeRenzi and give GU a 5-0 lead.
Penn got its first hits of the game in the fifth inning, hitting a single and double to lead things off. Mathews limited the damage to just one run on a popup, ground out and strikeout as the Hoyas led, 5-1, after five innings.
The Blue & Gray loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with nobody out on singles from Kuzbel and Bialkowski, sandwiched around Bushor reaching on an error. Eric Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan/TCU/San Jacinto) hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field, scoring Kuzbel and moving Bushor to third. Charlie Dillon (Chicago, Ill./Berkshire/Catholic) then put down another safety squeeze to push Bushor across the plate and give GU a 7-1 lead.
Bernstein launched his first career home run to deep right-center in the top of the ninth, a two-run shot that scored Bushor who had singled to lead off the inning.
The two teams will conclude their series on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Mets' Tradition Field. Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) will take the mound for the Blue & Gray. Live stats will be available at www.guhoyas.com.