March 28, 2014
GRAMBLING, La. – The Georgetown baseball team travels to the state of Louisiana this week for a three-game series with Grambling State University. The series will be played on the Tigers’ Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.
Friday evening’s series opener has been postponed due to incoming inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. ET. The series finale on Sunday is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET.
Georgetown’s weekend’s starters…
Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp, Pa./Seneca Valley) will take the ball for the Hoyas in game one of Saturday’s double dip. Smith is 2-3 with a 3.57 ERA in six starts this season. He is coming off of a career-high 7.2 innings, one run effort in a 6-2 win over Towson last Friday, for which he was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll. Freshman David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) will make his second start in Saturday’s second game. Ellingson is 2-1 with a 1.63 ERA in six appearances, including three starts. Sunday’s starting pitcher has not been determined.
Hoyas’ quick hitters…
Georgetown comes into this weekend with an 9-12 overall record after going 2-2 last week with wins over George Washington and Towson.
Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) led the Hoyas last week with a .375 (6-16) batting average in the four games last week. He had four RBI and scored a pair of runs. Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) had a team-high five RBI and Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep (Mass.)/Guilderland) also had four RBI with a pair of doubles and scored two runs.
For the season, Collins leads the Georgetown offense with a .337 batting average and has a team-high 28 hits and .429 on-base percentage. Anderson is batting .333 with team highs of five doubles and 16 RBI. Patrick Camporini (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) is also hitting over .300, coming in at .303 on the season. Kuzbel is now second on the team with 14 RBI.
Georgetown’s pitching staff is led by Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) who each sport a 1.50 ERA in eight appearances out of the bullpen. Davis also has a three of the Hoyas’ four saves on the season. Ellingson has a 1.63 ERA over 27.2 innings and leads the staff with 27 strikeouts.
Scouting Grambling State…
The Tigers enter the weekend with a 6-18 overall record. Like the Hoyas, they have three players batting over .300. Korey Hall leads the way at .347 while Roger Diaz is at .318 and Yariel Medina is hitting .307.
David Allen has a 3.73 ERA in 10 appearances out of the bullpen. T.J. Murphy is the Tigers’ top starter, posting a 3.90 ERA, and a 1-2 record, in five starts and eight appearances.
What’s up next…
Georgetown will play a midweek game at George Washington, at Barcroft Field in Arlington, Va., on Wednesday, April 1. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. The Hoyas will then open up BIG EAST play next weekend when Xavier visits Shirley Povich Field for a three-game series. Friday’s game will begin at 3 p.m. while Saturday will start at 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
On Saturday, the Hoyas, in partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, will shave their heads following their game with the Musketeers. GUGS will be at the game, serving food and the The Blue & Gray will honor local kids who are fighting childhood cancer. The team has already raised over $33,000 for St. Baldrick’s.
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.
To donate to their efforts please click here.
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