BETHESDA, Md. - The Georgetown University baseball team continued its winning ways, sweeping a doubleheader over George Mason on Saturday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field. The Hoyas took game one, 6-2, before rallying in game two for a 10-7 victory. With the two wins, GU has now won six straight and improves to 13-20 on the season, while the Patriots fall to 14-20. Game One: Georgetown 6, George Mason 2
Brent Killam (Nokomis, Fla./Venice) and Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) combined for 10 strikeouts and the Hoyas broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning to take the opening game, 6-2.
Killam pitched 6.0+ strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out eight to pick up his fourth win of the season. Swad came in and shut the door over the final 3.0 innings, striking out two for his fifth save of the season.
Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS) led the offense with two hits, including a home run. Ryan M. Davis (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) also had two hits and Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley [Calif.]) drove in a pair of runs.
It was a pitching duel over the first four innings as both teams could only manage a couple of base runners. The Hoyas finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth, scoring an unearned run as Davis crossed the plate on an error to take a 1-0 lead.
After Davis made a diving catch in center field to strand the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, GU broke it open with four runs, all with two outs, in the bottom half of the inning. With Ryan P. Davis (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton) on first with a walk and Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont) on first with a single, Ryan M. Davis drove in a run with a single. After a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position, Weisenberg looped a single into center field to score both runners. Two batters later, Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) beat out an infield single and Weisenberg raced around from second to score and give GU a 5-0 advantage.
George Mason scored two runs in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 5-2, but Bernstein launched a solo home run in the bottom half to regain the four-run lead, 6-2. It was the third home run of the season for Bernstein, and second in the past two days.
Swad shut the door over the final innings to seal the win.
Game Two: Georgetown 10, George Mason 7
Serving as the away team in the second game, the Hoyas rallied from an early 5-0 deficit as four relievers combined to allow just two runs in eight innings out of the bullpen as the Blue & Gray completed the series sweep with a 10-7 victory.
Owen Lamon (Herndon, Va./Oakton) started and lasted just 1.0+ innings, giving up five runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Jeremiah Burke (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central/La Salle Institute) was first in out of the bullpen and fired a career-high 4.1 innings of shutout relief with two strikeouts. Nick Morreale (Lake Elmo, Minn./St. Thomas Academy/IMG Academy) struck out two in 1.2 scoreless innings, while Kevin Superko (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley/Phillips Andover) also pitched an inning and Swad came on for the second time on Saturday and got the final three outs.
Bernauer led GU with three hits, including a grand slam, to go along with a career-high five RBIs and two runs scored. Eddie McCabe (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Bernstein also had two hits and scored a pair of runs.
George Mason came out swinging early, taking a 5-0 lead in the first two innings.
The Hoyas put the leadoff man on in each of the first five innings, but were not able to break through until the top of the fifth. A hit-by-pitch, single and walk loaded the bases before McCabe drove in a run with a two-out infield single. Bernauer followed with a towering grand slam to right, tying the game at five and shifting the momentum into the GU dugout.
Georgetown took the lead in the top of the sixth inning. Singles by Ryan M. Davis and Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice), and a walk to Kai Nelson (New York, N.Y./Fieldston) loaded the bases with nobody out. Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center, scoring Davis and giving GU a 6-5 lead.
Davis came up with his second big defensive play in the bottom of the sixth, throwing out a runner at the plate trying to score on a fly ball to keep the Hoyas in the lead.
The Patriots tied the game, 6-6, with a sacrifice fly off of Superko in the bottom of the eighth.
Bernstein started the ninth-inning rally with a one-out double. A single by Ryan P. Davis put runners on the corners before McCabe laced a single off of the shortstop to score Bernstein and give the Hoyas the lead. Bernauer followed with an RBI single of his own, scoring Davis and sending McCabe to third. Weisenberg delivered a sacrifice fly and Bernauer eventually scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 10-6.
George Mason scored a run in the bottom of the ninth off of Swad and brought the tying run to the plate, but Swad got a strikeout and a fly out to end the game and secure Georgetown's first doubleheader sweep since 2015.
The Blue & Gray will make the short trip to UMBC for a midweek game on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. The Hoyas will then return to BIG EAST play with a weekend series at St. John's, April 20-22.