BETHESDA, Md. - The Georgetown University baseball team scored five runs in the first inning and held on for an 8-7 victory over George Washington University on Tuesday night at Shirley Povich Field. With the win, the Hoyas improved to 24-20 on the season, while the Colonials fell to 23-23.
Casey Goldenberg (North Palm Beach, Fla./Suncoast Community) started on the mound and went 3.0+ innings, allowing four runs, three earned on two hits and three walks, while striking out one. Jeremiah Burke (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central/La Salle Institute) allowed an unearned run in one inning of work. Brent Killam (Nokomis, Fla./Venice) picked up the win with 2.1 innings of relief, allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out four. Nick Morreale (Lake Elmo, Minn./St. Thomas Academy/IMG Academy) had a strikeout in 1.2 scoreless innings and Noah Abdalla (Raleigh, N.C./Northern Highlands Regional [N.J.]) fired a perfect frame for the save.
Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) each had two hits and three RBI to lead the offense, while Zach Racusin (Morristown, N.J./Salisbury School/Marist) had three base knocks.
After GW took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, the Hoyas took advantage of some wildness in the bottom half of the inning to push five runs across and take a 5-2 lead. After a single and hit batter, three-consecutive two-out walks scored two runs to tie the game and force an early exit for the Colonials’ starter. DeRenzi followed with a two-run single into center and Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga) capped the inning with a run-scoring single into right.
Georgetown added a run in the bottom of the third with a two-out rally. Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley) lined a double off of the left field fence before DeRenzi delivered his second RBI hit, a single into center, to make it 6-2.
The Colonials cut the deficit to one, 6-5, with three runs, one of which was earned, in the top of the fourth, but the Hoyas answered right away with a run in the bottom half. Eric Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan/TCU/San Jacinto) was hit by a pitch and Bernauer walked to put two runners on base. After they moved up on a wild pitch, Stevens drove in Garza with a single into right field, pushing the lead back to two, 7-5.
Another Steven’s RBI, this time on a double into the right-center field gap, scored Garza again in the bottom of the sixth to extend GU’s lead to 8-5.
The advantage was cut to one again in the seventh when a dropped fly ball in the outfield allowed two unearned runs to score and make it 8-7. Morrealle doubled off the tying run at third when he caught a failed suicide squeeze and threw to third.
Abdalla shut the door in the ninth for his fourth save of the season.
The Hoyas will jump back into BIG EAST play when they host St. John’s for a three-game series at Shirley Povich Field this weekend. First pitch on Friday and Saturday is set for 7 p.m. while Sunday's finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. Live stats and a video stream 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 – Jake Kuzbel’s (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) hit-by-pitch in the first inning extended his streak to 39-straight games having reached base safely.