April 3, 2014
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown baseball team opens BIG EAST play this weekend with a three-game series against Xavier at Shirley Povich Field. Following their 1 p.m. game on Saturday, the Hoyas will shave their heads in partnership with the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The Blue & Gray teamed up with St. Baldrick’s back in early February and has been fundraising heavily for the past two months.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a childhood cancer charity that funds 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.
As of Friday afternoon, the Hoyas’ fundraising total has reached over $43,000. The team has raised the second-highest dollar amount of any collegiate baseball program for the St. Baldrick's Foundation in the organization’s 14-year history.
On Saturday, the Georgetown Program Board (BPB) is funding two busses to provide transportation for students from Georgetown’s campus to Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda. At the ballpark, the Georgetown University Grilling Society (GUGS) will serve free burgers to the first 300 fans. The Corp philanthropy fund has provided financial backing to fund GUGS and free beverages. Barbers from the Eric Alexander Salon in Bethesda have kindly donated their time and efforts on Saturday.
Additionally, the Hoyas will recognize three local kids at the game. Joshua Bluestein (age 14), Abby Furcobeing (7) and Joey Norris (16) will throw out ceremonial first pitches before the game and will serve as honorary barbers during the head-shaving after the game.
To donate to the team’s efforts, please click here. There will also be a donation table at Shirley Povich Field on Saturday for donations.
Hoyas’ Quick Hitters …
The Hoyas enter the weekend winners of three out of their past four games. After taking two out of three at Grambling State last weekend, the Blue & Gray defeated George Washington, by a 6-2 score.
Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) started and went three scoreless innings, giving up just four singles and striking out one to pick up the victory. Max Allen (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) and Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) each threw a scoreless inning and Beau Hall (Seaville, N.J./Ocean City) threw two scoreless frames. Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) led the offense with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored. Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) also had two hits, both off the right field wall, and two RBI.
The Blue & Gray’s offense is led by Collins who comes into the weekend with a .337 batting average. He is second on the team with 19 RBI, including five in the past two games. Senior first baseman Steve Anderson (Albany, N.Y./Northfield Mt. Hermon Prep (Mass.)/Guilderland) is second on the Hoyas with a .333 batting average and leads the team with two home runs and 22 RBI. Collins and Anderson are fourth and fifth in the BIG EAST in batting average, respectively.
Anderson was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday. He batted .417 (5-for-12) with a .462 on-base percentage and an .833 slugging percentage as the Hoyas won two out of three at Grambling State. He had a three-run triple in Saturday’s win and a two-run home run on Sunday.
Georgetown’s pitching staff is led by Hollenbeck who has a 1.29 ERA in nine appearances covering 21 innings. He is third on the team with 25 strikeouts. Sophomore starting pitcher Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) leads the staff in innings pitched (43.1), wins (3) and strikeouts (29) while posting a 3.12 ERA in seven starts. Freshman David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) has a 2.76 ERA in seven appearances, including four starts and is second with 28 strikeouts. Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) has a 1.88 ERA in 10 relief appearances, including four saves.
Smith was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the second-consecutive week after setting a new personal best by going eight innings in a 6-1 win at Grambling State on Saturday. He allowed just one run on six hits while striking out eight, which tied a career-high.
Xavier enters the weekend with a 13-13 overall record, having dropped six of the past seven games. Two of those losses were at No. 10 Louisville and one was at No. 17 Kentucky. The Musketeers were picked to finish fourth in the BIG EAST, right ahead of the Hoyas.
The Musketeers are batting .267 as a team, averaging 5.5 runs per game.
The offense is led by Derek Hasenbeck, who leads the Musketeers with a .318 batting average and three home runs while he is second with 15 RBI. Tres Eberhart is also over .300, coming in at .304. Andre Jernigan leads Xavier with 18 RBI.
The pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.95. Eric Stiene, in six appearances and 21.2 innings has yet to give up an earned run. Vinny Nittoli is second in the BIG EAST with a 1.85 ERA in six starts and leads Xavier with 25 strikeouts.
What’s Up Next …
Georgetown will play a midweek game at George Mason on Tuesday, April 8, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. The Hoyas will then head to the Midwest for a series at Creighton next weekend in Omaha, Neb.
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