Updated: Aug 3
Team 153 is the most decorated team in the history of Georgetown University Baseball. Led by Head Coach Edwin Thompson, a native of Jay, Maine, the 153rd baseball team in Hoyas history had a successful and historic season.
With over 4,500 fans in attendance at The Big East Tournament at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio, the team had its first ever post-season victory, back-to-back playoff appearances and 30-win seasons, most Big East and school wins in a two-year period of time, and all as the team carried a 3.2 GPA. Ubaldo Lopez set a record for most home runs in school history.
Coach Thompson said, "Winning our first ever conference tournament game today is special for our guys and our program. I am just so proud of this group and what we fought for and how we believed in one another. We found a way to overcome a lot of things this season and it's a testament to our guys. Their pitcher did an unbelievable job for the first five innings and kept us off balance, but we were able to scratch a couple across. Jake Bloss was dominant again today; he didn't have his best stuff, but he competed at a really high level for us. Carson Frye behind him and Tyler Mead were outstanding getting us across the finish line at the end. Our offense was fantastic today, Owen Carapellotti with his home run and Jake Hyde with a big three-run home run helped us get the win today. Angelo D'Acunto and Andrew Bergeron gave us some life at the bottom of the order as well. 30 wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history is a fantastic accomplishment for our group. At the end of the day, we get to play another day and that is all we can ask for. Proud of this group and we look forward to getting back out here tomorrow."
Jake Bloss, was named the Big East Pitcher of the Year and ranked one of the top pitchers in the country. Jake was selected by the Houston Astros in the third round of the 2023 MLB Draft with the 99th overall selection. A right-handed pitcher from Greensboro, North Carolina, became the highest draft pick in program history at 99th overall.
While the Hoyas won thirty games, they also lost twenty-seven. Never did a parent, fan, coach, or member of the team speak negatively about an error, failure, or individual. They won as a team and lost as a team. Team 153 also battled injuries all season long.
Our son, Cam Guarino (#33), who was injured by a line drive to his pitching hand in his first appearance as a Hoya against Navy, referred to the team as a “walking hospital with injuries at several positions". He added, "a “team first” motto held as teammates shifted positions to cover for others, and players supported each other during injury and recovery, making sure everyone was involved and present for the season as fully as possible."
Starting 3rd baseman Cam Meyer and starting shortstop Andrew Ciufo got hurt early in the season as well and unfortunately had season ending injuries. On the bright side, both have recovered from their injuries and Andrew Ciufo is continuing on his collegiate career at Clemson.
Cam went on to write an article for Collegiate Baseball News and became the first active player to ever write for CBN and talk about the team on Middays with Mannix & Mannix. Win or lose, we were very proud parents to see him battle back with a pin in his hand from surgery and pitch again for the Hoyas later in the season.
In the 2023 Big East Championship, the Hoyas lost to UConn, knocked out Seton Hall, and then got knocked out of the tournament ultimately by 9th ranked UConn. While disappointed, Team 153 had accomplished so much.
The team was fun to engage and fans around the country loved their Mandalorian-inspired motto, "This is the Way!" This came complete with the Mandalorian helmet, a gift to Cam Guarino from his grandma, that those who hit home runs wore upon their return to the dugout.
Fans also loved the Mandalorian Helmet often stopping players to try on the helmet and also get autographs from the team.
Coach Thompson said, "After a season it’s hard to appreciate the journey and what was accomplished. Team 153 of Georgetown Baseball continued to change our program. As we work towards building on the past two years we have so much work to do to get where we want. We all want success immediately, but success takes time and it’s important to have the right prospective to get to the success you want. Dream Big."
Hoyas in the Summer Collegiate Leagues
The Hoyas continue to play throughout the summer in various spots around the country in the summer collegiate leagues and MLB Draft League. Several players have made all-star teams and had great showings this summer, such as Everett Catlett who starred for the Mystic Schooners in the NECBL and joined the Firebirds in the Cape Code League August 2.
Hoyas Summer Placements
This summer, members of the Georgetown University baseball team are playing around the country in various summer collegiate baseball leagues. Below is a list of Hoyas, where they are playing and how to follow them.
Owen Carapellotti & Jake Hyde Orleans Firebirds
Michael Eze Falmouth Commodores
Christian Ficca Ocean State Waves
Cody Bowker Sanford Mainers
Everett Catlett Mystic Schooners
Carson Frye Upper Valley Nighthawks
Jordan Kahn Brockton Rox
Luke Bauer Brockton Rox
Travis Ilitch CA Braves
Keith Savoy Jr.
Culpeper CavaliersValley Baseball League
Marco Castillo Rochester Honkers
Andrew Citron Kingsport Axmen
Elizabethton River Riders
About Georgetown Hoyas Baseball
The Georgetown Hoyas baseball team represents Georgetown University in the Big East Conference, part of the NCAA's Division I level of college baseball. Baseball is Georgetown's second oldest sport after cricket, with the first recorded game taking place in 1866, and the team formally organized and sanctioned in 1870.
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