April 1, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown baseball team will cross the Key Bridge into Arlington, Va., for a midweek matchup at George Washington on Tuesday. The game, set to start at 3 p.m., will be played at the Colonials’ home field, Barcroft Park, where the Hoyas have already won four games this season.
Georgetown and the Colonials met just a couple of weeks ago, on Wednesday, March 19, at Barcroft Park, with the Blue & Gray coming away with a 7-6 victory. While the Hoyas were the home team, the game was moved to the Colonials’ home field due to unplayable field conditions at Shirley Povich Field.
Starting pitcher Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret) picked up his first career win, pitching five innings giving up two runs, just one earned. He struck out one. Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) had three hits, his second consecutive three-hit game and third in his past seven games. AC Carter (Winter Park, Fla./Orangewood Christian) had two hits, including his first home run of the season, two RBI and three runs scored. Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) had three RBI and Evan Ryan (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) added an RBI and was one base three times. Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) pitched three innings of relief, giving up just one run and striking out one.
Junior left-hander Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) will make his first start of the season for the Hoyas. While primarily a starter last season, Hollenbeck has worked exclusively out of the bullpen this year, registering a 1.50 ERA and 24 strikeouts in eight appearances covering 18 innings. His ERA and strikeout total are good for second and third on the Georgetown pitching staff, respectively.
Hoyas’ quick hitters…
Georgetown comes into this weekend with an 11-13 overall record after winning two of three games at Grambling State this past weekend.
On Monday, senior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep (Mass.)/Guilderland) was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week for his performance in the series at Grambling State. Anderson batted .417 (5-12) with a .462 on-base percentage and a .833 slugging percentage. He had five RBI and scored a pair of runs while accumulating 10 total bases. In Saturday’s 6-1 win, Anderson went 2-5, including a three-run triple to break a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning. After another two-hit performance in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader, Anderson smoked his second homer of the season in game two, a two-run shot, in the Hoyas 5-3 win.
Additionally, sophomore pitcher Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp, Pa./Seneca Valley) was selected to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday. It was the second consecutive week he has earned the nod. After pitching a career-high 7.2 innings last weekend, Smith topped that performance, setting a new personal best by going eight innings on Saturday in the 6-1 win. The sophomore allowed just one run on six hits while striking out eight, which tied a career-high. He improved to 3-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.12.
For the season, Anderson leads the Georgetown offense in several categories. He is tops in batting average (.344), home runs (2), RBI (21), doubles (5) and slugging percentage (.489). He is tied for the team lead in hits (31) with Collins. Collins leads the Hoyas with a .420 on-base percentage and is second in batting average (.333) and RBI (17).
Georgetown’s pitching staff is led by Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) who sports a 1.35 ERA in nine appearances out of the bullpen. Davis also has four of the Hoyas’ five saves on the season. Freshman David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) leads the starters with a 2.76 ERA in four starts and seven appearances while posting a 2-2 record. He is also second with 28 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. Smith leads that category with 29 strikeouts in 43.1 innings. He also has a team-high three wins in seven starts.
Scouting George Washington…
The Colonials come in at 7-16 overall and 1-5 in the Atlantic 10. They have lost six of their past seven games, including their 7-6 setback to the Hoyas, and are coming off of dropping all three games at Saint Louis last weekend.
Owen Beightol leads George Washington with a .325 batting average and has the team’s two home runs. He is tied with Bobby Campbell for the team lead with nine RBI.
Colin Milon leads the pitching staff with a 2.08 ERA in 11 relief appearances and owns all three of the Colonials’ saves. Bobby LeWarne is the team’s leading starter with a 2.57 ERA in five starts while Jacob Williams has two wins and a 3.67 ERA in six starts.
What’s up next…
The Hoyas open BIG EAST play next weekend with a three-game series against Xavier at Shirley Povich Field. The series opener on Friday will begin at 3 p.m. while Saturday will start at 1 p.m. and Sunday’s series finale will begin 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 Blue & Gray will honor local kids who are fighting childhood cancer. The team has already raised over $36,000 for St. Baldrick's.
To donate to their efforts, please click here.