EMMITSBURG, Md. - The Georgetown University baseball team scored nine runs in the fourth inning and 11 different Hoyas had a hit as they cruised to a 13-2 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday afternoon at E.T. Straw Family Stadium. With the win, GU moved to 21-15 on the season while the Mountaineers fell to 4-26.
Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley) led Georgetown’s 17-hit attack with three hits, including two home runs in the fourth inning, and six RBI. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John’s College HS), Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) and Austin Shirley (Stafford, Pa./Conestoga) all had two hits and scored a run. Eric Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan/TCU/San Jacinto) finished with two hits and three RBI. Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Zach Racusin (Morristown, N.J./Salisbury School/Marist) both scored two runs. Richie O’Reilly (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Loyola HS) was on base three times on three walks.
On a designated staff day, Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret) started and went the first three innings, allowing a run on two hits. He struck out one to pick up his fourth win of the season. Jeremiah Burke (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central/La Salle Institute) pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout. Casey Goldenberg (North Palm Beach, Fla./Suncoast Community) and Jordan Chudacoff (Highland Park, Ill./New Trier/Lawrenceville) each fired two scoreless innings with three strikeouts combined.
The teams traded runs in the third inning to open the scoring as Garza delivered his first sacrifice fly, scoring Bernstein. The Mount answered with a solo home run to tie the game, 1-1.
The Hoyas broke the game open with nine runs in the top of the fourth. Weisenberg started the rally with a two-run home run to left-center field, scoring Racusin who had led off the inning with a single. After a walk and a single put runners on the corners with one out, DeRenzi drove in a run when he reached on an error by the second baseman. Kuzbel singled to load the bases before Garza lofted his second sacrifice fly of the game, pushing Bernstein across the plate again. Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont) followed with a two-run single to left to score both Kuzbel and DeRenzi. After Racusin was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, Weisenberg launched his second home run of the inning over the left field fence for a grand slam, opening up a 10-1 lead.
The Mount plated a run on two doubles in the bottom of the fourth off of Brent Killam (Nokomis, Fla./Venice).
The score remained the same until the top of the eighth inning when Racusin knocked in Garza with a sacrifice fly to put GU up, 11-2.
An RBI double by Bennett Stehr (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) and run-scoring single by Garza in the ninth inning capped the scoring.
The Hoyas will jump back into BIG EAST play this weekend when they travel to Seton Hall for a three-game series. First pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m. while Saturday’s game will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday’s finale is scheduled for noon and will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Live stats for all three games will be available at www.GUHoyas.com and in-game updates can be found on the team's twitter account: @GtownBaseball.
Notes – Garza now has an RBI in seven-straight games, driving in 12 runs in that span … Kuzbel has now reached base safely in 31-straight games.