Matt Smith has a 1.80 ERA after his first start of the year
Feb. 20, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown baseball team will play its first home games of the 2014 season when it hosts Hartford for three games at George Washington's Barcroft Field in Arlington, Va. The two teams will play three games over a two-day period, starting with a doubleheader on Friday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. The series finale will take place Saturday night at 7 p.m.
The series was moved to Barcroft Field because the Hoyas' home field, Shirley Povich Field, is unplayable after last week's snow storm.
The Hoyas are looking for their first win of the season after dropping all three of their games last weekend in North Carolina. The bright spot for the Hoyas was the performance of the starting pitchers. Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp, Pa./Seneca Valley) gave up just one run in five innings on Sunday versus Wake Forest while Jack Vander Linden (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) and Will Brown (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) each gave up just two runs in five innings against Marshall and Towson, respectively.
The offense was led by senior Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep (Mass.)/Guilderland) who had three hits on the weekend. Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) had a pair of doubles against Wake Forest and was on base a total of five times for a .357 on-base percentage.
This weekend will be the first weekend of games for Hartford. The Hawks enter 2014 after compiling a 17-36 record last season and finishing fifth in America East with a 13-17 conference record. They were picked to finish fourth in the conference this spring.
Hartford's game one starting pitcher, Sean Newcomb, was named to the 2014 Preseason All-America Third Team and is considered to be one of the top collegiate pitching prospects for the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. The junior left-hander went 5-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 starts last season. He had 92 strikeouts in a team-high 72 innings pitched.
The Hawks return nine players who started at least 25 games in 2013 including Ryan Lukach, who led the team with a .292 batting average and had half of the team's home runs with four. Chris DelDebbio was second on the Hawks with a .279 average and led the team with 28 RBI. As a team, Hartford hit .237 as a team last year averaging 3.9 runs per game. The pitching staff had an ERA of 5.40.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a childhood cancer charity funding research to help kids diagnosed with cancer. The Foundation raises money primarily through head-shaving events. Volunteers, sponsored by family and friends, shave their heads in solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment. Last year, St. Baldrick's raised over $34 million dollars, and the team plans to contribute to their 2014 success.
Members of the 2014 Georgetown team have pledged to shave their heads following the Hoyas' April 5th game against Xavier at Shirley Povich Field. The Blue & Gray plan on honoring local kids who are fighting this terrible condition as well that day. The team's goals include becoming the most successful athletic team to partake in a St. Baldrick's event, as well as place in the top 10 in their history.
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