Hoyas Enjoying Success in Prestigious Summer Baseball Leagues

Matt Smith, pitching for the Forest City Owls, is 5-0 and was selected to the Coastal Plains All-Star Game.

July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON – Summer leagues are a large part of the collegiate baseball experience as student-athletes from around the country continue to hone their skills. Several members of the Georgetown baseball team are enjoying success this offseason, playing for various teams in summer leagues around the country.

Rising junior catcher Nick Collins (Carthage, N.C./Union Pines) is playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Chatham Anglers. He has been hot as of late, going 7-for-11 with three RBI in his past three games and is now second on the Anglers with a .340 batting average while also adding nine RBI. Collins, who was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team as the designated hitter and second team as a catcher, started all 48 games for the Hoyas this season and led the team with a .351 batting average and a .418 on-base percentage.

Rising senior left-handed pitcher Matt Hollenbeck (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) recently joined the Cape Cod League’s Falmouth Commodores. In two relief appearances, covering 3.2 innings, Hollenbeck has a 0.00 ERA, having not allowed a hit and registering three strikeouts. The junior southpaw made 18 appearances on the mound for the Hoyas in 2014, including four starts, compiling a 5-2 record and a 3.18 ERA. He led the pitching staff in ERA, tied for the team lead in wins while finishing second with 50 strikeouts.

Rising junior pitcher Matt Smith (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) and rising sophomore Joseph Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) are putting up big numbers in the Coastal Plains League and were both selected to play in the All-Star Game on Monday, July 14.



Smith, who stepped in as Georgetown’s Friday night starter as a sophomore, is pitching for the Forest City Owls. He has a 5-0 record, tied for second in the league in wins, with a 2.36 ERA and 22 strikeouts in seven appearances covering 34.1 innings pitched. Smith finished the 2013 season with a 5-5 record and a 3.21 ERA in 13 starts. He pitched a team-high 84 innings and led the pitching staff with 55 strikeouts and was tied for the team lead in wins.

Bialkowski, who played the outfield and pitched for the Hoyas, is playing primarily at first base for the Florence Redwolves. So far, in 30 games, Bialkowski is fifth in the league with a .370 (40-for-108) batting average. He also has five doubles and 13 RBI. He has also made one appearance on the mound, going two scoreless innings with one strikeout.

A trio of Hoyas are competing against each other in the local Cal Ripken League, featuring teams in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Rising sophomore second baseman Jake Kuzbel (Ashburn, Va./Stone Ridge), who is playing for the Alexandria Aces, is batting .265 (13-for-49) in 16 games and has a home run and three doubles.

Rising junior relief pitchers Tim Davis (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and Felix van der Vaart (Annandale, Va./Flint Hill School) are also in the Ripken League, suiting up for the Vienna Riverdogs and the Herndon Braves, respectively. Davis, who tied for fourth in the BIG EAST with seven saves, is starting for Vienna. In five starts he is 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA. He leads the staff with 26.0 innings pitched and is second with 18 strikeouts. Van der Vaart has a 5.40 ERA in eight relief appearances, covering 6.2 innings.  

Rising junior catcher Eric Webber (Stockton, Calif./St. Mary’s) is playing for the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast League in his home state. The Bells have won 14-consecutive games and own a league-best 20-5 record. In 13 games so far, Webber is batting a team-high .381 (16-for-42) with seven RBI, 10 runs scored and a .463 on-base percentage.

Rising sophomore pitcher Chris Giordano (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland) is playing for the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs of the Florida Collegiate League. In eight appearances, including two starts, Giordano has a 4.61 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 13.2 innings pitched.

Ryan Toomey (Mendham, N.J./Pingry School), a rising sophomore outfielder, is suiting up for the Albany Dutchmen of the New York Collegiate League. In 17 games played, Toomey is batting .250 (12-for-48) with two doubles and two triples and six RBI.

Right-handed pitcher Nick Leonard (Washington, D.C./Maret), a rising sophomore, is pitching in the Hamptons League for the Sag Harbor Whalers. In seven appearances this summer, covering 16.1 innings, Leonard has a 2.20 ERA with 10 strikeouts.

Charlie Dillon, a transfer from Catholic University who sat out the 2014 season due to NCAA transfer rules, is playing for the BCC Big Train of the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League. In 23 games, Dillon is batting .271 (19-for-70) with six stolen bases, nine RBI and nine runs scored.

Sophomore Simon Matthews, a transfer from Temple University who will be eligible next season, is pitching for the Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. So far, in seven starts covering a team-high 37.1 innings, Matthews is 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA and has a gaudy 29/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Rising senior shortstop Ryan Busch (Falcon Heights, Minn./Roseville Area) and rising sophomore pitcher David Ellingson (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands College Park) both had their summers cut short due to injury. Busch was playing for the Alexandria Blue Anchors in the Northwoods League and was batting .250 (25-for-100), including a home run and seven doubles, with 11 RBI in 26 games. Ellingson, who was pitching for the Woodlands Strykers of the Texas Collegiate League, appeared in four games, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 10 innings. 

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