Amid a season highlighted by a handful of walk-off wins and perhaps one too many nail-biting losses, the Hoyas are currently staring at a 24-28 overall record, standing at 5-19 in Big East play.
Despite the unfortunate record, Head Coach Pete Wilk remains confident in his team. In fact, he believes the team is playing extremely well as of late.
“Over the last few games, we’ve played exceptional baseball,” Wilk said.
In their past 10 games, the Hoyas boast a 5-5 record, which despite looking mediocre on paper, does not take into account the caliber of teams Georgetown has had to play as of late. Six out of those 10 games have come against Big East powerhouse West Virginia and national title contender Louisville.
“I think we could finish strong,” Wilk said.
During that 10-game stretch, the Hoyas managed to steal a game on the road against Louisville, then ranked No. 5 in the nation, defeating the Cardinals 2-1 in extra innings.
“It was huge for both us and the program. We beat a top-10 team,” Wilk said.
However, he attributes the Louisville win to a culmination of a season’s worth of hard work, which has resulted in the Hoyas being able to gain momentum in the closing weeks of the season.
“It wasn’t just Louisville,” Wilk said. “The way we’re playing baseball is more exciting to me. We’re playing at a high level right now and have been for a number of weeks.”
After this season, the Hoyas will be without the services of a number of valued contributors, losing nine seniors to graduation. Among those leaving the Georgetown program include senior centerfielder Tommy Lee, arguably the team’s best player. Not only has Lee shown off his tremendous fielding capabilities, but he is also batting .317 with 27 RBIs and five home runs, leading the team in both hits (61) and runs scored (51).
Other key graduating seniors include leftfielder Billy Cupelo, pitcher Tim Adleman, second baseman Chip Malt and shortstop Tom Elliott.
“They’ve had a huge impact on the program,” Wilk said. “Their footprints are going to be felt on this program for a long time: the level of commitment, dedication, work ethic, camaraderie, all of that.
“This group has tremendous chemistry. And they work at it. I do think that their impact on this team is huge, and it will be enormous on future teams as well. I think every player that comes back has been touched by these guys.”
While Wilk has been predominately positive regarding his team’s play lately, their 5-19 conference record is certainly not impressive. Although Wilk has pointed to a number of team-wide flaws throughout the season, none has been as pertinent as the constant woes in the field. Simply put, the Hoyas have committed more than their fair share of errors.
“I think if we played average defense, we’d be going to Clearwater.” Wilk said.
The head coach was referring to Clearwater, Fla., the site of this year’s Big East championship tournament, which will take place next week. Unfortunately for the Hoya faithful, Georgetown will not qualify.
Georgetown will finish their season this weekend, traveling to Cincinnati to play a three-game series against the Bearcats. With a 10-14 conference record, the Bearcats are certainly beatable.
“I think we can finish strong.” Wilk said, referring to the Cincinnati series.
If Georgetown could carry their recent momentum into this series, it would enable them to end the season on a high note, which would allow a positive transition into the offseason.
“If we could just finish strong, we’ll pick up where we left off. We’re losing some key guys, but we’re bringing in some good guys. I expect us to be even better next year, and I thought this year was a pretty good year.”
A number of players have stood out this season for the Hoyas. In addition to Lee, sophomore rightfielder Rand Ravnaas has come up huge at the plate in a number of tight-game situations, and leads the team in slugging percentage (.637) and home runs (11). Not to mention, he is batting a stellar .341.
When asked who he would declare the team’s MVP, Wilk said multiple players were deserving of such an esteemed honor.
“Geez, I don’t think I could give you one. I think there are three or four guys I could give that to,” Wilk said.
The Hoyas will return to action later today in Cincinnati, finishing a season that Wilk described rather concisely.
“If you could sum it up in one word, it would be progress.”