Feb. 25, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown baseball team will play its first of 13 consecutive games away from home when it travels to the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore (UMES) on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. game.
The Hoyas are coming off of a three-game sweep of Hartford, playing a total of 33 innings in a 32-hour span, at Barcroft Field in Arlington, Va. The Hoyas won both ends of a doubleheader on Friday, 4-3 in 13 innings and 6-3, before winning the series finale on Saturday, 11-10 in 10 innings.
In both extra innings affair, sophomore catcher Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) provided the walk off heroics. He started the festivities with a double in the bottom of the 13th in game one on Friday to score Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) before capping off the weekend with a single in bottom of the 11th in game three on Saturday to plate Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's).
Georgetown’s senior first baseman, Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep (Mass.)/Guilderland) was named to the BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll for his efforts over the weekend. Anderson batted .500 (7-14) with a .562 on-base percentage and a .786 slugging percentage and six RBI. He started off the weekend with a four-hit effort in a 13-inning win, including a double in extra innings. In game two of Friday’s doubleheader, Anderson had another multi-hit performance, driving in a career-high five runs in the first two innings, including a monster grand slam. He concluded his weekend with a bases-loaded walk to complete a four-run comeback in the bottom of the 10th inning, setting up Georgetown’s 11-inning walk-off win.
On the mound, Sophomore Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp, Pa./Seneca Valley) struck out struck out a career-high seven Hartford batters in six innings of work, leading the Hoyas to a 6-3 victory in game two of Friday’s doubleheader. He scattered seven hits while giving up just one run, improving his season ERA to a paltry 1.64. David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park), Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret), Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and Max Allen (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) combined for 12 innings of near-perfect relief. Ellingson threw 6.2 innings, giving up just three hits and one unearned run while striking out five. Davis went four innings, giving up just two hits and registering three strikeouts.
UMES comes into Wednesday’s matchup with an 0-5 record after dropping a 3-2 decision at George Washington last week and being swept in a four-game series at Georgia Southern over the weekend.
The Hawks have been outscored 53-9 over their five games, including a 23-0 drubbing in the first game of the Georgia Southern series. They are batting .174 as a team, led by Byron Campbell who comes in with a .294 batting average. The pitching staff has a team ERA of 9.90 and is led by a pair of sophomores, J.P. Black and Jordan Bone. Black pitched 4.2 shutout innings in the Hawks’ opener versus George Washington. Bone, in two relief appearances, has allowed just two hits in seven innings of work.