WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University baseball team had three of its student-athletes named to the All-BIG EAST Teams, when the conference announced its postseason awards on Tuesday. Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn Va./Stone Bridge) was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team as a designated hitter, while junior outfielder Michael DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and sophomore third baseman Ryan Weisenberg (Parkland, Fla./San Ramon Valley [N.J.]) both earned spots on the All-BIG EAST Second Team.
Kuzbel had his best season as a senior, starting all 55 games and planting himself in the Georgetown record books. He ranked second on the team with a .335 (70-for-209) batting average and 43 RBI. He led the Hoyas with five triples while tying for second with five home runs and 13 doubles. His 10 sacrifice flies set the program’s single-season record and ranked second in the entire country. Kuzbel reached base safely in 44-consecutive games from February 25 - May 13, which was the second-longest active streak in the country at the time.
The BIG EAST Player of the Week on March 13, Kuzbel joined Georgetown’s 100-RBI with a solo home run against NYIT on April 9, and became just the 11th member of GU’s 200-hit club against St. John’s on May 5. In his final season, he set the program record for career at-bats (748) and sacrifice flies (15). He graduates from the Hilltop also in the career top 10 in games played (199), games started (194), hits (211), doubles (44), total bases (298) and sacrifice bunts (14).
DeRenzi started all 55 games in right field in 2017, finishing third on the team with a .330 (73-for-221) batting average. He led the Hoyas with 44 RBI, 45 runs scored and 12 stolen bases while tying for second with Kuzbel with five home runs. He finished second on the squad with three triples and 73 base hits. His 11 sacrifice bunts are tied for the most in Georgetown’s single-season history. DeRenzi led the Hoyas with 25 multi-hit games, including seven games with at least three hits, and also finished with 10 multi-RBI games with two games with at least five RBI. He became the 25th member of the 150-hit club on April 23 at Seton Hall.
Weisenberg came on strong in the second half of the season for the Hoyas. He finished his sophomore campaign with a team-leading six home runs to go along with a .265 (31-for-117) batting average, two triples, three doubles and 25 RBI. Over GU’s final 23 games, Weisenberg batted .289 (22-for-76) with all six of his home runs, a double, two triples, 22 RBI and 17 runs scored. On April 18 at Mount St. Mary’s, Weisenberg had two home runs and six RBI in Georgetown’s nine-run fourth inning. He led off the rally with a two-run shot before capping the inning with a grand slam.
The Blue & Gray finished the 2017 season with a 27-28 overall record, tying for the third most wins in program history. The 27 wins were also the most by a Georgetown team since 1985.