PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Freshman Taylor Boyd laced a game-winning single to right center to push the Saint Joseph’s baseball team past Georgetown, 3-2, in 10 innings on Friday afternoon at the North Charlotte Regional Park.
After Georgetown’s Beau Hall retired the first two batters of the inning, Peter Sitaras ripped the first pitch of his at bat into left field for a double. Kevin Kratochwill then drew an intentional walk to bring Boyd to the plate, and the rookie infielder made the Hoyas pay with the first game-winning hit of his collegiate career.
Georgetown (6-8) took a first-inning lead as the first two batters of the game reached base; Ryan Busch then came in to score when AC Carter hit into a double play.
The Hoyas doubled the lead in the third on a fielder’s choice ground ball by Eric Webber.
The Hawks leveled the affair in the fourth as Collin Forgey singled, stole second, and advanced to third on an infield single by Stefan Kancylarz. Tommy Cunningham followed with a single to left that plated Forgey and tied the game at 2-2.
Saint Joseph’s had an opportunity to win it in the bottom of the ninth, putting two on with one out, but Matt Hollenbeck and Hall each retired a batter to send the game to extra innings, where Boyd’s single gave the Hawks the win.
Joe Manion earned the win for SJU to improve to 2-2 on the year; Hall took the loss to fall to 1-1. Daniel Thorpe started for Saint Joseph’s and turned in another quality start, allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out six in 6.1 innings. Matt Smith also went 6.1 for Georgetown, allowing two runs on six hits while fanning eight.
The Hawks and Hoyas will meet once again on Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m.