After rallying in the ninth inning to defeat Lipscomb (17-8) on Friday, the Georgetown baseball team (11-12) dropped the two remaining games of the weekend series. The Hoyas fell to the Bison 8-3 on Saturday and were defeated again on Sunday 4-1.
During Friday’s matchup, the two teams traded runs for much of the game. Lipscomb took an early lead, but Georgetown consistently answered back, never trailing by more than three runs. Georgetown cut Lipscomb’s advantage to one run in the bottom of the fifth, and the pitching combination of senior left-hander Matt Hollenbeck and junior right-hander Tim Davis kept the Bison scoreless from that point forward.
At the start of the ninth inning, the Hoyas were down by one run with only three outs remaining.
“Going into that inning we knew we needed to … get some guys on base and just be patient at the plate,” junior designated hitter Nick Collins said. “We needed to come up with big hits.”
The Hoyas did just that. Sophomore third baseman Jake Kuzbel hit a double to left center to drive in the tying run and spark a ninth inning rally.
Freshman left fielder Austin Shirley was next to bat for Georgetown. Shirley singled to right field, driving in two runs and giving the Hoyas their first lead of the game. Before the inning ended, Collins hit a single to right field that scored Shirley, putting the Hoyas up 8-5 going into the bottom of the ninth.
“We came together as team in that last inning and had the will to win,” freshman second baseman Chase Bushor said. “We put together some good at bats up and down the order and … Austin Shirley came up with a big hit.”
Sophomore right-handed pitcher David Ellingson came out of the bullpen to pitch in the bottom of the final inning and left unscathed, securing a victory for Georgetown in the first game of the series.
“These guys don’t quit,” Head Coach Pete Wilk said. “They play all nine [innings] and they believe in each in other.”
Saturday’s contest remained scoreless until the top of the third when Lipscomb’s junior catcher Chucky Vazquez hit a home run to left field that put the Bison up by one run.
Georgetown countered with a home run of its own in the very next inning. Bushor cleared the bases with a three-run shot to left field that put the Hoyas up by two runs.
The home run was the first of the freshman’s collegiate career.
“I guess I got lucky,” Bushor said. “I’m not much of a home run hitter, but it felt great. It was a cool experience, especially since my mom and sister were there to see it happen.”
Bushor’s three RBIs were the only ones for the Hoyas in Saturday’s contest and were not enough to earn Georgetown a second victory.
The matchup proved to be Lipscomb’s turn to put together a late-game rally. The Bison scored seven runs over the course of the three final innings. The Hoyas committed three errors late in the contest that helped to ensure the five-run victory for the Bison.
“We made a couple of errors, but [Lipscomb] also swung the bat well at the end of the game,” Collins said. “They had some big-time hits that allowed them to tack on extra runs at the end of the game that kind of put it out of reach.”
With the series tied heading into Sunday’s game, freshman right-hander Kevin Superko took the mound for the Hoyas. Superko gave up four runs over 3.2 innings on seven hits and four walks.
Senior right-handed pitcher Will Brown came in to relieve Superko in the top of the fourth and pitched 3.1 scoreless innings. Davis pitched an inning for the Hoyas as well and was also able to keep Lipscomb scoreless.
“[Brown and Davis] did what they have done all year,” Wilk said. “Both of those guys have been really strong out the bullpen for us, throwing strikes, not beating themselves and letting their defense work behind them.”
In spite of the shutout pitching from the bullpen, the team was unable to put together an offensive performance strong enough to overcome the deficit. Georgetown’s only run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth when Bushor singled to right field to drive in senior AC Carter. The Hoyas ultimately fell to their Atlantic Sun opponents 4-1.
Georgetown will look to end its two-game skid when they take on George Mason on Tuesday.
“We need to put together a solid game and get some momentum back going into conference play,” Wilk said. “We are starting off a big weekend.”
Tuesday’s game is set to begin at 7 p.m. and is the team’s last contest before it kicks off its Big East schedule with a three-game series against Creighton (13-7) starting on April 2.