WASHINGTON - After completing an eight-game homestand, the Georgetown University baseball team will head out on the road for the last four games of the regular season. The Blue & Gray will play its final nonconference game on Tuesday, traveling to UMBC for a 6 p.m. contest. Live stats and a video stream will be available at www.GUHoyas.com and in-game updates can be found on the team's Twitter account: @GtownBaseball.
The Hoyas (27-25) are coming off of a 1-2 weekend against Butler. On Saturday, the Blue & Gray rolled to a 13-6 victory, but the Bulldogs came back to sweep a doubleheader on Sunday. Alex Bernauer (Sunnyvale, Calif./Fremont) and Jake Bernstein (Frederick, Md./St. John's College HS) each had three hits to lead the offense, while Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and Eric Garza (San Antonio, Texas/Ronald Reagan/TCU/San Jacinto) both finished with two hits and three RBI. On Sunday, Simon Mathews (West Haven, Conn./Hopkins School/Temple) recorded his 79th strikeout of the season to set the Georgetown single-season record.
For the season, Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) leads Georgetown with a .347 batting average, while DeRenzi is right behind him at .346. DeRenzi leads the Hoyas with five home runs, while Kuzbel, Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley [Calif.]) and Sammy Stevens (Birmingham, Mich./Brother Rice) are all tied with four. DeRenzi also tops the team with 44 RBI with Kuzbel sitting second with 42. Kuzbel has a Georgetown-leading five triples and is tied with Stevens with 13 doubles.
UMBC, which defeated the Hoyas 10-2 on April 26 at Shirley Povich Field, enters Tuesday's game with an 18-21 overall record and sits at 10-7 in the America East Conference. The Retrievers are batting .295 as a team, averaging more than two doubles per game, and the pitching staff owns a 6.00 ERA.
Probable Pitching Matchup
Tuesday (6 p.m.)
Georgetown -- RHP Nick Leonard (5-2, 3.61 ERA, 57.1 IP, 47 K)
UMBC -- RHP Jacob Christian (3-3, 6.44 ERA, 50.1 IP, 47 K)
Since joining the everyday lineup on April 1, Garza is batting .314 (33-for-105) with three home runs, 12 doubles, 19 runs scored and 24 RBI. He has 13 multi-hit games in that 25-game span.
In his past 19 games, Weisenberg is batting .317 (20-for-63) with four home runs, two triples, a double, 14 runs scored and 20 RBI.
What's Coming Up Next
The Hoyas will conclude the 2017 season with a three-game, BIG EAST series at Xavier this weekend. The series will open on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. Friday's matchup will also begin at 3 p.m. while Saturday's finale is set for noon. Live stats for all three games will be available at www.GUHoyas.com and in-game updates can be found on the team's twitter account.