Two pitchers on the Georgetown men’s baseball team set single-season program records this past weekend in a series against Butler in Indianapolis. The Hoyas dropped two out of three games in the series and won the final game with a score of 5-3.
Sophomore starting pitcher Brent Killam broke Georgetown’s single season strikeout record, recording his 86th strikeout in the second game of the series. The sophomore increased his strikeout total by 60 from last season. Killam notched six strikeouts in 6.1 innings but surrendered three runs in a losing effort as the Hoyas were shut out 3-0.
Head Coach Pete Wilk was impressed with Killam’s improvement this season.
“Brent showed sparks of excellence last year as a freshman… he went up to the highly acclaimed Northwoods League for his summer season and dominated up there, making the all-star team and helping his team to the championship. He came back from that experience with newfound confidence,” Wilk wrote in an email to The Hoya.
The Hoyas were shut out in the middle game of the three-game set but scored a total of 13 runs in the other two games.
Georgetown received offensive contributions from multiple members of its lineup throughout the weekend.
In the Hoya’s 15-8 loss, six hitters recorded multi-hit games, led by Austin Shirley, who recorded a career-high three RBIs. Georgetown led 7-2 after three innings but was unable to hold the lead, as a grand slam and four costly errors allowed Butler to come back and win 15-8.
The Hoyas improved in all phases of the game in the final game of the series. All nine Hoyas recorded a hit, while sophomore starting pitcher Jeremiah Burke earned the win after pitching a career-high 7.1 innings and allowing three runs. Senior closer Jimmy Swad pitched the final 1.2 innings of the contest, earning his 12th save of the year. With the save, Swad now holds the Georgetown single-season record for saves.
Coach Wilk praised Swad’s consistency and leadership. “He’s a leader amongst his peers and a good teammate. The younger guys look up to him for many reasons: he competes, he works his tail off on a daily basis to improve his craft, and he’s approachable,” Wilk wrote.
As Swad is one of the many seniors graduating this summer, the Hoyas will need to replace their closer. Coach Wilk will look to sophomore pitcher Nick Morreale and freshman pitcher Owen Lamon to help fill the void.
“Nick Morreale should be considered if he doesn’t start next year for us. Owen Lamon shows glimpses of having the ability to do the job next year too. It is just too early to tell. We have a couple of really talented freshmen coming in who will be in the mix for early innings too,” Wilk wrote.
The Hoyas will recognize the graduating seniors on Senior Day this Friday in their series against Seton Hall. Coach Wilk emphasized how important the seniors have been to the team this season.
“This year’s senior class has been the backbone of this team…When we started 0-10 this season, their leadership, approach, tenacity, work ethic and refusal to give in kept our heads above water until we were able to right the ship,” Wilk wrote.
Georgetown will close out its final series of the regular season against Seton Hall on Shirley Povich Field. The Hoyas need one win to earn a place in the Big East Championship.