In the seventh inning of Georgetown baseball’s final game against Creighton University last Sunday, graduate pitcher Jake Bloss stepped up to the mound having given up just two hits and one earned run through the previous six frames. He forced a 6-3 groundout from the first Creighton batter of the inning but proceeded to issue a walk. With one runner on, Bloss then struck out the final two batters he faced, securing a run-rule victory over Creighton in just seven innings of play.
For the first time since 2018 and the first time ever at home, the Hoyas (21-16, 5-4 Big East) won a series against the Creighton Bluejays (15-14, 3-3 Big East) on April 15. The Hoyas lost their first game on Friday despite a heroic 11-run comeback to tie the game before Creighton eventually prevailed. Georgetown then blasted the Creighton pitchers and defense with 21 combined runs on Saturday and Sunday, while the Hoyas’ pitching staff gave up only four runs combined.
On Friday, the Hoyas came out flat, with graduate starter Cody Jensen surrendering eight earned runs in the second inning, which included back-to-back hit batters, both of whom brought in a run. The situation did not improve in the third, as three more Creighton batters scored. By the bottom of the third, the Hoyas were in an 11-0 hole.
However, the Hoyas came roaring back in the bottom of the third. They put together a seven-run inning, highlighted by back-to-back homers from graduate infielder Austin Kretzschmar and junior outfielder Andrew Bergeron. The Hoyas then tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back-to-back home runs from sophomore catcher/first baseman Owen Carapellotti, graduate first baseman/outfielder Ubaldo Lopez and junior outfielder/first baseman Jake Hyde.
The tie game held up for an inning, but the Bluejays came storming back by putting together a four-run rally in the sixth that the Hoyas were unable to match for the rest of the game.
The next day, in their second game of the series, the Hoyas scored the first runs of the game in the third on a home run by junior infielder/outfielder Michael Eze. Hyde hit his own home run in the sixth that earned the Hoyas a 4-1 lead and also had an RBI double in the eighth inning that scored the Hoyas’ eighth and final run of the contest.
On the other side, the Hoyas were led to victory behind the left arm of sophomore Andrew Williams and stellar defense. Williams picked up his third win of the year after 5.1 innings of work while giving up three runs.
“When I do well, it’s not really just me doing well at all. It’s our coaches putting in scouting reports, calling pitches,” Williams told The Hoya. “Owen’s behind there saving strikes for me. When the defense is playing that well, it’s really easy to pitch with confidence.”
With the series tied 1-1, the ballgame Sunday was the series decider — and the Hoyas rose to the occasion.
Creighton jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second on a solo home run from outfielder Jack Grace, but that run would prove to be its lone score of the day.
From there, the Hoya offense exploded. Kretzschmar hit a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the inning to tie the game, and Eze hit a home run in the fourth that put the Hoyas up 3-1.
Georgetown put together a 10-run inning in the bottom of the fifth that included RBIs from first-year pitcher/outfielder Cody Bowker, Kretzschmar, Lopez and Hyde.
Head Coach Edwin Thompson said he was extremely pleased with the team’s victory.
“It was a long week with five games and Creighton is a good ball team that is really well coached, and we knew it was going to be a challenge so I am just really proud of this group,” Thompson told Georgetown Athletics.
Blair Shaw (CAS ’25), a Georgetown baseball fanatic, told The Hoya the baseball team is clicking at an opportune time.
“This was an extremely good win for an improving team,” Shaw said. “They are getting hot at the right time with only about a month left in the regular season.”
The Hoyas’ overall record improved to 21-16 after the series — they are 5-4 in conference play and a phenomenal 9-3 at home. Georgetown then steamrolled Mount St. Mary’s 19-2 on April 19 and will play the UConn Huskies (26-10, 4-2 Big East) in Storrs, Conn., this weekend in a three-game series. The Huskies are currently in first place in the Big East.