BETHESDA, Md. - Four different Hoyas had three hits, Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont) had two home runs and the Georgetown University baseball team used 11 extra-base hits to defeat UMBC, 11-6, on Tuesday evening at Shirley Povich Field. With the win, the Hoyas have now won 13-consecutive games at home and improve to 25-26 overall, while the Retrievers fall to 21-26 on the season. Tuesday’s win was the 400th career victory for Head Coach Pete Wilk.
Bernauer had his first career two-home run game, driving in four runs on a pair of two-run shots. Eddie McCabe (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) had three hits, finishing a single short of the cycle, and scored three runs. Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John’s College HS) and Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) each had three hits, including two doubles, while Bernstein added four RBIs and DeRenzi scored two runs. Ryan P. Davis (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton) also chipped in three hits, including a double. In all, 11 of Georgetown’s 17 hits went for extra bases including seven doubles, a triple and three home runs.
Owen Lamon (Herndon, Va./Oakton) started on the mound and went a career-high 6.1 innings, including five perfect frames to start the game, to pick up his fifth win of the year. He allowed four runs, two earned, on just three hits while striking out four and walking none. Matt Randolph (Concord, N.C./Cannon School/Emory) struck out two in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.
The Hoyas jumped on the board in the bottom of the second with a two-out rally. Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley [Calif.]) was hit by a pitch and went to second on single by DeRenzi. Bernstein followed with a line drive down the left field line to score both runners and give GU a 2-0 lead.
McCabe led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run, his second of the year, over the fence in center field to extend the lead to 3-0. He tripled in the fifth inning and scored on Bernauer’s team-leading fourth home run of the season, a blast well into the trees past the right field fence, to score McCabe and push GU’s advantage to 5-0.
Lamon, meanwhile, was cruising through the first five innings as he retired the first 15 batters he faced. UMBC did not get a base runner until a leadoff home run in the top of the sixth inning. The Retrievers added a pair of unearned runs in the frame to cut the lead to 5-3.
Bernstein got a run back for the Hoyas in the bottom half of the inning, lifting a sacrifice fly to score Weisenberg, who had singled and gone to third on a double by DeRenzi.
UMBC cut the lead to two again, 6-4, with a run in the top of the seventh. Georgetown answered right back with a five-run seventh, on a home run and four doubles, to break the game open. McCabe led off with a double and Bernauer followed with his second home run in as many at-bats, again over the right field fence. Davis restarted the rally with a single and hustled around to score on a double by Austin Shirley (Strafford, Pa./Conestoga). One out later, consecutive doubles by DeRenzi and Bernstein plated two more runs to give the Hoyas an 11-4 lead.
The Retrievers scored two runs in the ninth inning on three walks and a single to provide the final score, 11-6.
The Hoyas will remain home for their final BIG EAST series, welcoming Seton Hall to Shirley Povich Field for a three-game set. The series will be played Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Friday's 4 p.m. game will serve as GU's Senior Day game with a pregame ceremony honoring the senior class. Georgetown enters the weekend needing just one win to clinch a berth in the BIG EAST Championship.