BETHESDA, Md. - Behind four RBI from Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley [Calif.]), the Georgetown University baseball team defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 8-5, on Wednesday night in a nonconference game at Shirley Povich Field. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 26-22 on the season, while the Hawks fall to 12-38 overall.
On a designated staff day, Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret) started on the mound and went two innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks. Jordan Chudacoff (Highland Park, Ill./New Trier/Lawrenceville [N.J.]) and Jeremiah Burke (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central/La Salle Institute) each threw scoreless innings of relief, while Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) fired 2.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts to pick up his third win of the season. Noah Abdalla (Raleigh, N.C./Northern Highlands Regional [N.J.]) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his fifth save of the year.
Weisenberg drove in four runs on a home run and two sacrifice flies. Zach Racusin (Morristown, N.J./Salisbury School/Marist) went 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, while Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) also had two hits and scored two runs.
The Hoyas took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John’s College HS) reached on an error to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. He went to third on another error and scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Eric Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan/TCU/San Jacinto).
Eastern Shore came back with three runs in the top of the second inning, scoring on three singles, two walks and a sacrifice fly to take a 3-1 lead.
Weisenberg tied the game with a two-run home run to straightaway center field, his fourth of the season, in the bottom half of the inning, scoring Racusin who had led off the inning with a single.
The Hoyas opened things up with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. A single by Stevens and walk to Racusin put the first two runners on before Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont) drove an RBI single past the first baseman. Weisenberg followed with a sacrifice fly to chase home Racusin. After a walk and a double steal, Bernstein looped a single over the shortstop to score Bernauer and give GU a 6-3 lead.
The Hawks got a run back in the top of the fifth on a pair of walks and an infield single. Georgetown answered right back with a run in the bottom half of the inning as Stevens led off with a walk, went to third on a single and scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-4.
Weisenberg extended the lead to 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh with his second sacrifice fly and fourth RBI of the game. AJ Lotsis (Phoenixville, Pa./Episcopal Academy) scored from third after pinch-running for Stevens, who had doubled.
The Hawks capped the scoring with a run in the top of the eighth.
The Hoyas will jump back into BIG EAST play when they host Butler for a three-game series this weekend. First pitch on Friday and Saturday is set for 7 p.m. while Sunday's finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. Georgetown will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, honoring its senior class in a pregame ceremony. 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 (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) reached on a bunt single in the bottom of the first inning to extend his on-base streak to 43-consecutive games, the third longest in the country … With Wednesday’s win, the Hoyas have won 26 games in 2017, the most in a season under Head Coach Pete Wilk and the most by a Georgetown team since 1985 (27).