April 30, 2016
BETHESDA, Md. - Behind a complete game shutout from Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins/Temple) in game one and three home runs in game two, the Georgetown University baseball team swept a BIG EAST doubleheader against Seton Hall, 1-0 and 7-3, on Saturday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field. With the wins, GU improved to 22-24 on the season and 6-6 in BIG EAST play, while SHU fell to 31-14 and 5-4 in conference action.
Game One: Georgetown 1, Seton Hall 0
The Hoyas scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth and Mathews fired his third-straight complete game, and fifth of the season, as GU earned its second shutout of the year, 1-0.
Mathews scattered eight hits and walked just one, while striking out five. He stranded the tying run in scoring position in each of the last three innings.
Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) had two of Georgetown's six hits.
Both teams had scoring chances in the first inning as Mathews stranded the bases loaded after Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) threw out his fourth base runner of the weekend.
In the bottom half of the first, Hall led off with a single and went to third on a single by Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep). He was thrown out at home trying to score on a fly out by Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge).
The Hoyas stranded a runner in scoring position in each of the first five innings before finally breaking through in the sixth. With one out Charlie Dillon (Chicago, Ill./Berkshire School/Catholic) reached on an error and advanced to second on a bunt single by Webber. Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley) then hit into a fielder's choice, forcing Webber at second and sending Dillon to third. Dillon crossed the plate when the relay throw to first was wild, giving GU a 1-0 lead.
Mathews stranded runners on second and third in the top of the seventh and a runner on second in the eighth.
In the top of the ninth, Seton Hall got a leadoff double and bunted the runner to third. The Hoyas brought the infield in and Mathews induced a ground ball to third before a ground out to second ended the game, leaving the tying run at third.
Game Two: Georgetown 7, Seton Hall 3
Georgetown hit three home runs and the Hoyas completed the doubleheader sweep with a 7-3 victory.
Jack Cushing (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) started and fired six innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out two. Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS) threw two shutout innings of relief with three strikeouts and David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) also pitched a perfect inning out of the bullpen.
Hall once again had two hits, leading four Hoyas with multi-hit efforts, and also had two RBI. DeRenzi and Kuzbel each had two hits and two RBI, while Chase Bushor (San Diego, Calif./Santa Fe Christian) added two hits.
Hall led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run, his second of the season, over the left field wall to give Georgetown an early 1-0 lead.
Seton Hall tied the score with a solo home run in the top of the second, but the Hoyas answered right back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Bushor led off with a single and advanced to second on a bunt single by Dillon. Webber was hit by a pitch to load the bases. One out later, Hall singled in Bushor before DeRenzi reached on a fielder's choice allowing Dillon to cross the plate. Kuzbel followed with an RBI single, scoring Webber, to give Georgetown a 4-1 lead.
A sacrifice fly by the Pirates cut the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth, but an RBI single by DeRenzi in the bottom half of the inning, scored Webber, who had walked to lead off the inning, to regain the three-run lead, 5-2.
Another SHU solo home run brought the score to 5-3 in the top of the sixth.
However, Weisenberg launched his team-leading fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, over the left field wall with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Kuzbel followed up in the top of the seventh, lining the first pitch of the inning just inside the right field foul pole for his second home run of the season to give Georgetown its 7-3 lead.
Davis and Ellingson shut the door over the final three innings to complete the sweep.
The Hoyas will step out of BIG EAST play on Wednesday when they host Coppin State for a 7 p.m. game at Shirley Povich Field. Live stats and a web stream will be available on www.guhoyas.com.
Mathews has not given up an earned run in 21.1 innings, dating back to April 16 against Xavier ... The three home runs in game two were the most by Georgetown in a game since the Hoyas hit three against Stony Brook on April 19, 2015 ... The series win over Seton Hall was the first for Georgetown since winning two-of-three, May 15-17, 2008 ... Sunday was Tim Davis' 92nd career appearance. He needs just three more to tie Pablo Vinent's ('12) program record of 95 career appearances.