BETHESDA, Md. - The Georgetown University baseball team scored at least five runs in two different innings, rolling to a 13-6 victory over Butler in a BIG EAST Conference game at Shirley Povich Field on Saturday night. With the win, the Hoyas improved to 27-22 overall and 4-9 in BIG EAST play, while the Bulldogs fell to 28-18 and 4-9 in conference action.
Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont) and Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John’s College HS) each had three hits to lead the offense, while Bernstein added two RBI. Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Eric Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan/TCU/San Jacinto) both finished with two hits and three RBI, while Zach Racusin (Morristown, N.J./Salisbury School/Marist) had two hits and drove in two runs.
Jack Cushing (Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus) started on the mound and went 6.2 strong innings, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits. He struck out six, tying him for the Georgetown single-season record with 78 strikeouts on the year. Nick Morreale (Lake Elmo, Minn./St. Thomas Academy/IMG Academy) got a big out in the seventh inning and Jimmy Swad (Washington, D.C./St. Albans) fired a scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts.
The Hoyas jumped out to an early lead, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring five runs in the bottom of the second inning. Bernstein started the rally with a run-scoring single into right field, plating Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley [Calif.]) who had walked earlier in the inning. With two outs, and the bases loaded, DeRenzi looped a single over the shortstop on a tough, two-strike pitch to score both Bernauer and Bernstein. Racusin followed with a single to score Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) and DeRenzi crossed the plate on a wild pitch to give GU a 5-0 lead.
The lead expanded to 7-0 in the bottom of the third with a pair of two-out runs. With two runners on via a walk and hit-by-pitch, Hall delivered an RBI double and DeRenzi drove in his third run of the game with a single into center.
Butler got on the board in the top of the seventh, scoring three unearned runs to cut Georgetown’s lead to 7-3.
The Hoyas answered right back with a six-run bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach. A single and two walks loaded the bases with one out before Racusin drove in the first run on a fielder’s choice. Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) then plated Hall with a perfect bunt single down the third base line. On the next pitch, Garza launched a three-run homer well over the left field fence for his third home run of the season. Weisenberg was then hit by a pitch, went to second on a Bernauer single and to third on a balk before scoring on Bernstein’s second single of the inning to push the lead to 13-3.
The Bulldogs scored three runs off of Jeremiah Burke (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central/La Salle Institute) in the top of the ninth, but Jordan Chudacoff (Highland Park, Ill./New Trier/Lawrenceville [N.J.]) got the final two outs to seal the win.
The two teams will conclude their series on Sunday with a doubleheader. The first game, which will start at 11 a.m., will be a seven-inning game, while the second game will be a nine-inning contest and begin immediately after the conclusion of game one. Live stats and a video stream for both games will be available at www.GUHoyas.com and in-game updates can be found on the team's Twitter account: @GtownBaseball.
Notes – Kuzbel walked in the bottom of the second inning to extend his on-base streak to 44-consecutive games, the second longest in the country … The Hoyas recognized nine seniors in an on-field, pregame Senior Day ceremony.