BETHESDA, Md. - The Georgetown University baseball team scored nine runs in the first two innings and never looked back, defeating Coppin State University, 14-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field. It was the first home game of the season for the Hoyas, who improved to 13-8 on the season while the Eagles fell to 3-12.
Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John’s College HS) and Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) each had four hits in the top two spots of the lineup. Bernstein was on base six times, adding a walk and a hit-by-pitch, and also had three RBI, while DeRenzi finished with four RBI. Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) had two hits and walked twice, while Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) also finished with two hits and two RBI. Alex Bernauer (Sunnvale, Calif./Fremont) had a double and also walked three times, while scoring three runs.
Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret) started on the mound and went 5.0 innings, scattering seven hits and three unearned runs. Casey Goldenberg (North Palm Beach, Fla./Suncoast Community) fired a scoreless inning with a strikeout while Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) and Jordan Chudacoff (Highland, Park, Ill/New Trier/Lawrenceville) combined for a scoreless inning. Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) struck out the side in an inning of relief.
The Hoyas broke the game open right at the start, sending 12 men to the plate in the bottom of the first inning and scoring six runs on five hits. Bernstein led off with a single before Zach Racusin (Morristown, N.J./Salisbury School/Marist) was hit by a pitch and Stevens walked to load the bases with one out. Kuzbel lined a two-run single into right field and Bernauer hit a ground-rule double into right field to score Stevens. After a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners, Eric Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan/TCU/San Jacinto) was hit by a pitch to reload the bases and Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J/Ocean City) forced home Bernauer with a walk.
Bernstein followed with his second single of the inning to drive in John Simourian (Andover, Mass./Phillips Andover) and DeRenzi reached on a bunt single to score Garza to complete the scoring and give GU an early 6-0 lead.
In the second inning, the Hoyas batted around for the second time in as many innings as they put three more runs on the board to extend their lead to 9-0. After Kuzbel singled and Bernauer walked with one out, Simourian doubled to deep left field to push Kuzbel across the plate. A walk to Hall loaded the bases with two outs, and another walk to Bernstein forced home another run. DeRenzi capped the inning by lining a single into right field to drive in Simourian.
Coppin State got on the board with two unearned runs in the third inning and another in the fourth to cut the lead to 9-3.
The Hoyas pushed two more runs across the plate in the bottom of the sixth. Hall and Bernstein led things off with consecutive singles and moved into scoring position on a sharp ground out by DeRenzi. Hall scored on another ground out by Racusin and Bernstein came home on a single by Stevens to give GU an 11-3 advantage.
After the Eagles scored a run off of Noah Abdalla (Raleigh, N.C./Northern Highlands Regional [N.J.]) in the top of the seventh, the Blue & Gray answered right back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Bernauer and Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley) opened the frame with back-to-back walks and Garza singled to load the bases. One out later, Bernstein was hit by a pitch to force home Bernauer and Derenzi hit a two-run single to give the Hoyas a double-digit lead, 14-4.
Georgetown will head back out on the road for a three-game, two-day series at Brown University in Providence, R.I. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., before concluding the weekend with a noon start on Sunday.