BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - The Georgetown University baseball team managed only three hits, falling in the series opener, 8-1, to Gardner-Webb University on Friday night at John H. Moss Stadium. With the loss, the Hoyas fall to 11-7 on the season, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs improve to 8-11.
Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins/Temple) started and went 4+ innings, allowing eight runs, five earned on 10 hits and two walks, while striking out five. Brent Killam (Nokomis, Fla./Venice) struck out two in 0.2 innings of relief, while Nick Morreale (Lake Elmo, Minn./St. Thomas Academy/IMG Academy) fired 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) needed just five pitches for a perfect inning of work.
Gardner-Webb opened the scoring with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first. The Runnin’ Bulldogs added two more runs in the third and another in the fourth to expand their lead to 5-0.
The Hoyas got on the board with a run in the top of the fifth without the benefit of a hit. John Simourian (Andover, Mass./Phillips Andover) led off with a walk and stole second. Ryan Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) struck out on a full-count pitch, but reached as the ball got past the catcher and Simourian advanced to third. Richie O’Reilly (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Loyola HS) then lofted a sacrifice fly to center to allow Simourian to cross the plate and cut the deficit to 5-1.
GWU answered right back in the bottom half of the inning with three runs on three hits and an error to put the Blue & Gray in an 8-1 hole.
Morreale and Bialkowski shut down the GWU offense the rest of the way, but the Hoyas could only manage two singles, by Shirley and Kuzbel over the final four innings.
The two teams will resume their three-game series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jack Cushing (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) will take the mound for Georgetown. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
Notes – Zach Racusin (Morristown, N.J./Salisbury School/Marist) finished 0-for-4 and saw his 14-game hitting streak end.