April 4, 2014
BETHESDA, Md. – Xavier used a five-run sixth inning to pull ahead and defeat the Georgetown baseball team 15-6 on Friday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field. It was the BIG EAST opener for both teams.
Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp, Pa./Seneca Valley) pitched five-plus innings, giving up nine hits and nine runs, just six earned, while striking out four. Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep (Mass.)/Guilderland) went 2-for-4, including a home run, and scored two runs. Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) also had a two hits and drove in three runs.
Xavier (14-13, 1-0 BE) jumped on the board first just two batters into the game. The Musketeers’ leadoff batter lofted a fly ball down the right field line that just eluded the diving Evan Ryan (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) for a triple. An RBI ground out to second base gave Xavier the early 1-0 lead.
Anderson tied the game on the second pitch of the bottom of the second, crushing a home run well over the right field wall for his third round-tripper of the season and second in the past three games.
The Musketeers retook the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Hoyas (12-14, 0-1 BE) loaded the bases nobody out on consecutive walks to Anderson and AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) and a single by Patrick Camporini (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) on an 0-2 pitch. With one out, Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./St. Mary’s) dropped a single in front of the right fielder to score Anderson. One out later, Busch cleared the bases with a three-run double to the left-center field gap. Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) followed with a single to left field to plate Busch and give Georgetown a 6-3 lead.
Xavier cut the lead to 6-5 with a two-run home run in the fifth and then scored five runs, including three unearned runs, in the sixth to take a 10-6 lead.
The visitors added an insurance run in the seventh and four more in the ninth.
The two teams resume their three-game series with a 1 p.m. matchup on Saturday. Freshman David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) will start for the Hoyas.
Prior to Saturday’s game, the Hoyas will recognize four local kids who are battling childhood cancer. Then, following the game, the Hoyas will shave their heads in partnership with the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
The Blue & Gray teamed up with St. Baldrick’s back in early February and has been fundraising heavily for the past two months. As of Friday evening the Hoyas’ fundraising total had reached nearly $45,000. The team has raised the second-highest dollar amount of any collegiate baseball program for the St. Baldrick's Foundation in the organization’s 14-year history.
On Saturday, the Georgetown Program Board (BPB) is funding two busses to provide transportation for students from Georgetown’s campus to Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda. At the ballpark, the Georgetown University Grilling Society (GUGS) will serve free burgers to the first 300 fans. The Corp philanthropy fund has provided financial backing to fund GUGS and free beverages. Barbers from the Eric Alexander Salon in Bethesda have kindly donated their time and efforts on Saturday.
To donate to the team’s efforts, please click here. There will also be a donation table at Shirley Povich Field on Saturday for donations.