May 13, 2014
BALTIMORE – The Georgetown baseball team wrapped up its 2014 season on Tuesday night, dropping an 8-5 decision to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). The game was played at the Retriever’s Alumni Field.
Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep (Mass.)/Guilderland) had two hits and two RBI to lead the Hoyas. Evan Ryan (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) and Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge) were each on base three times. Ryan and Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) each scored two runs.
UMBC scored three runs, two of them earned, in the bottom of the first to take a quick 3-0 lead.
The Hoyas cut the deficit to 3-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Ryan led off by reaching on an error by the second baseman. Hall grounded to third, but was safe when the throw to second, attempting to force out Ryan, was wild, putting two runners on with nobody out. After both runners moved up on stolen bases, Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) grounded out to shortstop to score Ryan and Anderson doubled off of the right field wall to score Hall.
The Retrievers scored four runs in the bottom half of the fifth to extend their lead to 7-2. With one out and the bases loaded, the UMBC batter laid down a suicide squeeze. Conceding the run, pitcher Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret) threw to first, but his throw sailed into right field, allowing two additional runs to score. A sacrifice fly accounted for the fourth run.
A two-out double and single in the sixth inning extended the Retriever’s lead to 8-2.
The Hoyas got a run back in the top of the seventh. Ryan led off with a walk, his third time on base, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hall. Patrick Camporini (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) grounded to first, but the throw to the covering pitcher was wild, allowing Camporini to reach and Ryan to score from second.
Justin Abbott (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) prevented another run in the bottom of the seventh. After a leadoff triple ticked off of Abbott’s outstretched glove, the runner tried to score on a fly ball to right field. Abbott came up throwing however, gunning the runner down at the plate by several feet.
Singles by Hall and Collins put two runners on with one out in the top of the ninth. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Anderson delivered an RBI single to left to score Hall. Collins crossed the plate when Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Georgetown concludes its 2014 season with a 19-29 overall record and a 5-13 mark in the BIG EAST.
Notes – With his two RBI on Tuesday, Anderson finishes his career with 99 RBI. He hit safely in each of the last 12 games.