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Maine to the Georgetown Hoyas: Cody Bowker and Derek Smith Share Their Baseball Journey on the Inspirational Best Ever You Show



Cody Bowker and Derek Smith of Hoyas Baseball join host Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino on The Best Ever You Show to talk about their baseball journey and the upcoming season. Both are former high school standouts from Maine.


The Hoyas are coming off an historic season led by Head Coach Edwin Thompson, a native of Jay, Maine, the 153rd baseball team in Hoyas history had a successful and historic season.



Team 154 is set to set the the standard even higher. The Georgetown University baseball team has been picked to finish fourth in the BIG EAST Conference this season after recording back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time in program history. 


Junior Owen Carapellotti, who was tabbed as a second team all-conference selection a season ago, was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Carapellotti was spectacular for Georgetown in 2023 tallying 57 starts while batting .289. Carapellotti smashed 16 home runs and tallied 44 RBIs last season and was also named to the Buster Posey Award Watch List prior to the start of last season.

 

Sophomore Cody Bowker was also tabbed as a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection as a pitcher. Bowker made 14 appearances on the mound in 2023 and boasted a 2.57 ERA in 42.0 innings of action. Bowker tallied 47 strikeouts which was third on the team behind third round pick of the Astros Jake Bloss (96) and junior Andrew Williams (49).

  

The University of Connecticut was picked to finish first after winning the regular season crown a season ago. The Huskies received six first place votes followed by Xavier with two.



Cody Bowker was recently tabbed as a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection as a pitcher. Bowker made 14 appearances on the mound in 2023 and boasted a 2.57 ERA in 42.0 innings of action. Bowker tallied 47 strikeouts which was third on the team behind third round pick of the Astros Jake Bloss (96) and junior Andrew Williams (49).














Graduate Student Derek Smith, transferred from Bryant, where he was named to the All-America East First Team. Derek started all but one game in the outfield in CF. He hit .317 with 15 doubles, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and 37 runs scored  and set career-highs in hits, doubles, home runs and RBI.


The Hoyas are picked to finish 4th in the Big East Conference. The Georgetown University baseball team will play a majority of their home games during the 2024 season at Capital One Park in Tysons, Virginia. 






The 2024 season:

Georgetown's 2024 schedule is one of the hardest in program history as GU will face eight schools that competed in an NCAA Regional last season and four programs that are currently ranked in the preseason top 25. Of the eight teams that GU will face, three of those schools made it to the Super Regionals and two of the three ended up making it to the College World Series in Omaha.


GU will open the season with eight-straight road games, starting in Scottsdale, Arizona at the MLB Desert Invitational from February 16-19. Eight team's from across the country are set to play in the event as GU is joined by Boston College, BYU, California, Grand Canyon, Kansas State, Ohio State and Southern California. All games will be played at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and Sloan Park. GU will face Grand Canyon on Friday, February 16 before squaring off with Cal and No. 20 Kansas State on Saturday and Sunday.


The Hoyas will head back to the East Coast for their next contest as the Blue & Gray make the quick trip to Annapolis to face Navy on February 21. After facing the Midshipmen, Georgetown will hit the road for a three-game series against Virginia Military Institute (VMI). GU will then play four games the next week facing Maryland in a midweek contest (Feb. 27) in College Park. The Hoyas close out the week facing Fairleigh Dickinson in a three-game home series at Capital One Park (March 1-3).


 After the series against FDU, the Hoyas will hit the road to face preseason No. 1 Wake Forest and preseason No. 23 Duke in midweek matchups (March 5-6). Last season, Wake Forest made it to the College World Series where they fell to the eventual champion, LSU. After a quick trip down to North Carolina, GU will head back to the DMV to host Cornell in a weekend series (March 9-10). The Hoyas will then play two midweek contests following the Cornell series facing George Washington (March 12) at the home of the Colonials before traveling to Newark, Delaware, to face the Delaware Blue Hens (March 13).


 After the trip to Delaware, GU will host the University of Albany for a three-game series (March 15-17). The Blue & Gray will then travel to Charlottesville, Virginia to face ACC foe and College World Series participant, No.10 UVA (March 19) in a midweek contest. Following the midweek matchup in Charlottesville, GU will travel to Columbus, Ohio to face Ohio State in a three-game series (March 22-24).


 GU will get a hefty test in its final tune-up before conference action, facing off with crosstown rival Maryland at Capital One Park on March 26. For the third-consecutive season, the Blue & Gray will open the conference slate against Villanova as the Wildcats come to town for a three-game series (March 28-30).


 Following a midweek matchup with Coppin State at home (April 2), GU will host Seton Hall for a three-game series (April 5-7). The Blue & Gray will then play in a midweek matchup on (April 9), before heading to the Midwest for a three-game series with Butler (April 12-14) at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis. GU will head back to the East Coast and make a quick trip up to Baltimore to face UMBC in a midweek showdown (April 16) before hosting UConn for a three-game series (April 19-21).


 Following a midweek matchup with George Washington (April 23) at Capital One Park, GU will travel to Omaha, Nebraska, the home of the College World Series, to face Creighton in a three-game series (April 26-28).


 Following the trip to Nebraska, GU will play six-consecutive home games starting with UMES (April 30), George Mason (May 1) and UMBC (May 7). The Hoyas will then host conference foe and 2023 BIG EAST Champions Xavier for a three-game series (May 10-12) wrapping up the home portion of the season.


 GU will close out the regular season with a midweek contest in Boston as GU takes on Boston College (May 14). The Hoyas will then head to Queens, New York for the final series of the regular season against St. John's (May 16-18). 


The Georgetown University baseball team has found a new home and will play a majority of their home games during the 2024 season at Capital One Park in Tysons, Virginia.


 The BIG EAST Championships are set to be held at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio at the end of May.

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