April 8, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - Charlie Dillon (Chicago, Ill./Berkshire School/Catholic) was 4-for-8 with seven RBI and the Georgetown University baseball team totaled 26 hits and 20 runs, earning a doubleheader split against St. John's University on Friday at Jack Kaiser Stadium to open BIG EAST play. The Hoyas won the first game, 10-3, before the Red Storm took game two, 13-10. GU is now 14-18 on the season and 1-1 in BIG EAST play while St. John's moved to 15-11-1 overall and 1-1 in conference action.
The two teams played a doubleheader on Friday as they moved up Saturday's game due to expected inclement weather in the New York area.
Game One: Georgetown 10, St. John's 3
The Hoyas tied a season high with 15 hits and Georgetown scored eight runs over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings en route to a 10-3 win.
All 10 Hoyas who came to the plate had at least one hit, and four different players had multi-hit efforts. Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) led the offensive attack with three hits and added an RBI while scoring two runs. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./Saint John's College HS) had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Dillon had two hits and two RBI and Chase Bushor (San Diego, Calif./Santa Fe Christia) had two hits, an RBI and scored twice.
Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) started and was great on the mound, throwing seven innings while giving up just two runs on seven hits and striking out four. Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) fired two innings in relief, giving up one run.
St. John's took a quick lead in the bottom of the first on a single, double and sacrifice fly.
The Georgetown bats were quiet until the top of the fourth, when the Hoyas pushed across three runs to take a 3-1 lead. Bialkowski got GU's first hit of the game with a one-out single and Bushor immediately followed with a double down the right field line to put two runners in scoring position. Bialkowski scored to tie the score when Cristian Sanchez (Shorewood, Ill./Minooka Community) reached on an infield single. A two-out walk to Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) loaded the bases for Dillon who delivered a two-run single to give the Hoyas the lead.
GU broke the game open with four runs in the top of the fifth. Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) led off with a hit-by-pitch and advanced to third on a one-out single from Bialkowski. Bushor then laid down a perfect bunt for an RBI single to score Hall. Both Bialkowski and Bushor moved into scoring position on a groundout from Sanchez and scored on a triple by Bernstein into the right-center gap. Webber following with an RBI single up the middle to score Bernstein and give the Blue & Gray a 7-1 lead.
Hall led off the top of the sixth as well and reached on an infield single. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on a Bialkowski RBI single, giving the Hoyas an 8-1 lead.
Smith, meanwhile was on cruise control, firing five-consecutive shutout innings with four strikeouts until the Red Storm scored on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the seventh.
The Hoyas added two more in the ninth. Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley) and Bernstein led off with back-to-back singles and moved up on a groundout from Webber. With two outs, Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) dropped a single into right field to score both runners and give Georgetown a 10-2 lead.
The Red Storm scored a run in the bottom of the ninth, but Swad finished things off with a ground out to preserve the win.
Game Two: St. John's 13, Georgetown 10
St. John's scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to erase a Georgetown lead and top the Hoyas, 13-10, to split the doubleheader.
Dillon led the offense with two hits and five RBI while Bialkowski and Sanchez both also had two hits. Bushor scored four runs.
Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School/Temple) started and battled through six innings. He gave up eight runs, although just three were earned, on 13 hits. Max Allen (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) fired a perfect inning in relief in the eighth with one strikeout.
St. John's again got on the board quickly in the bottom of the first, scoring a pair of unearned runs to take a 2-0 lead.
The Hoyas came right back with two runs of their own in the top of the second. With Bushor on first after a fielder's choice, Sanchez single to left and took second on the throw as Bushor advanced to third. Hall then laid down a safety squeeze, allowing Bushor to score and Sanchez crossed the plate when the pitcher threw home wildly, tying the game at two.
The Red Storm took a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the scoring four runs, one of which was earned, on two GU errors.
The Georgetown bats exploded in the top of the fourth for five runs to take the lead, 7-6. With two outs and Bushor on first after a one-out walk, Hall doubled and Richie O'Reilly (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Loyola HS) walked to load the bases. Dillon came up and lofted a fly ball deep into the right field corner that just eluded the diving right fielder who stayed down with an injury. Meanwhile, Dillong rounded the bases for the inside-the-park grand slam, tying the score, 6-6. Three-straight singles from Shirley, Bernstein and Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) produced another run to put the Hoyas in the lead.
St. John's answered again with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to go back ahead, 8-7.
In the top of the fifth, Bialkowski led off with a walk and moved up to second on a wild pitch. He came around to score on a Bushor RBI single. Bushor then took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on another wild pitch to give the Hoyas a 9-8 lead.
Georgetown tacked on another run in the seventh on a bases loaded walk by Dillon, extending the lead to 10-8.
The Red Storm scored five runs - on four hits, a walk and a hit batter - in the bottom of the seventh off of Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS) to take a 13-10 lead.
The Hoyas were not able to muster a rally in the last two innings off the Red Storm closer.
The two teams will conclude their three-game series on Sunday at noon. Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) will start on the mound for the Hoyas in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN3. Live stats will be available at www.guhoyas.com.
DeRenzi's single in the eighth inning of game one and the fourth inning of game two extended his hitting streak to 17 games ... With his 4-for-8, seven RBI effort on Friday. Dillon raised his season batting average 33 points to .221 (17-for-77) and is now tied for second on the team with 19 RBI ... Georgetown's win in game one snapped a nine-game losing streak against St. John's, dating back to April 12, 2013.