Seton Hall Sweeps Georgetown DoubleheaderDate: May 20, 2018
By Chris Russo
On a dark, foggy Saturday on the outskirts of Baltimore, Seton Hall baseball wrapped up its regular season by sweeping a doubleheader from the Georgetown Hoyas.
The Pirates won 5-3 and 12-1, respectively, on the campus of Johns Hopkins University after heavy rain necessitated better ground.
Although Seton Hall had already locked itself into the Big East Tournament's second seed, the Pirates' victories guaranteed that they face the Butler Bulldogs in the first round, rather than these same Hoyas.
In game one, the Pirates got an early lead by tagging Hoyas ace Brent Killam for two runs in the first on a bases-loaded walk by Ryan Ramiz and an RBI groundout by Tyler Shedler-McAvoy. Georgetown quickly responded with a groundout RBI by Alex Bernauer off Shane McCarthy, but McCarthy stranded a runner at third to preserve the lead.
Kevin Superko replaced Killam after only two innings, and he held the Pirates to only one run, a fourth-inning RBI single by Rob Dadona, over three innings of work. Shane McCarthy's day was also short, as he left after three innings with a two to one lead. Andrew Politi went only pitched the fourth inning, but allowed a game-tying two-run home run to Austin Shirley.
Both Corey Sawyer and Georgetown's Nick Morreale escaped bases-loaded jams in the sixth to stay even entering the seventh inning, scheduled prior as the last inning for weather and timing reasons.
After trading chances, Seton Hall came through with a clutch two-run double by Matt Toke to take the lead for good. Matt Leon nailed down his eleventh save by retiring the side.
In game two, Seton Hall forgot about the pitcher-friendly Owen T. Carroll Field by hitting three home runs en route to a twelve to one victory.
Ricky DeVito had a short, but stellar start of four innings, and allowed only one hit in recording the win.
The Hall scored first with a third-inning RBI single by Al Molina, but began their rout when the next batter, Mike Alescio, hit a three-run blast to left-center. Molina's solo homer made it 5-0 in the fifth.
Georgetown's bullpen allowed eight runs, capped off by a Casey Dana three-run homer, and Billy Layne pitched four solid innings.
With this victory, the Pirates ended the season with their conference record at 13-4. SHU faces Butler on Thursday at 6:30 PM in game one of the Big East Tournament.