BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - The Georgetown University baseball team took a lead into the ninth inning, but Gardner-Webb University scored single runs in the ninth and 10th innings to defeat the Hoyas, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at John H. Moss Stadium. With the Loss, GU falls to 11-8 on the season, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs improve to 9-11.
Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John’s College HS), Zach Racusin (Morristown, N.J./Salisbury School/Marist) and Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) all had two hits to lead the offense. Ryan Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) hit his first career home run and had two RBI.
Jack Cushing (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) started and went a career-high 7.2 strong innings on the mound. He allowed two runs and scattered seven hits, while striking out six and walking none. Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) gave up two runs in two innings of work, while registering two strikeouts.
The Hoyas took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) led off and was hit by a pitch. He went around to third on a double by Kuzbel and scored one out later on a sacrifice fly by Davis.
Gardner-Webb took the lead, 2-1, with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third on two singles and a double.
Following a 38-minute lightning delay, the Hoyas flashed some leather in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Racusin threw out the leadoff batter trying to stretch a single into a double before Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J/Ocean City) made a great running catch as he tumbled onto the warning track in left-center field. John Simourian (Andover, Mass./Phillips Andover) made a nice play at third base to end the inning.
Davis evened the score on the first pitch of the top of seventh, launching his first career home run deep over the fence in right-center field to tie things up, 2-2.
After a shutdown inning from Cushing, including two strikeouts, the Hoyas took the lead in the top of the eighth. With one out, Racusin skipped a double past the left fielder and went to third on a single by Stevens. Kuzbel came up and delivered his NCAA-leading sixth sacrifice fly of the season to give Georgetown a 3-2 lead.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with one out. They scored a run on a sacrifice fly as the runner just beat the throw home from Hall and eluded the tag by Richie O’Reilly (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Loyola HS), to knot the score, 3-3, and send the game into extra innings.
In the 10th, a two-out single scored the winning run from second.
The two teams will conclude their three-game series on Sunday afternoon with a scheduled 1 p.m. first pitch. Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) will take the mound for Georgetown. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.