There are many things we associate with the District of Columbia. However, baseball may not be super high up on that list. Only recently did the Washington Nationals even become a team, let alone relevant. So it may come to a surprise that there is some pretty high level college baseball going on by our DC based colleges.
Let’s explore a little bit about these teams and how their 2015 season has begun.
The Hoyas may study in the District, but call Rockville’s Shirley Povich Field as their baseball home. The wonderful little stadium, named for the longtime Washington Post sportswriter, is also home to the Cal Ripken Collegiate League’s Bethesda Big Train. A real baseball fan should experience a Big Train game, as they offer a near minor league experience for fans right in the DC suburbs. A Hoyas game is not too shabby of an experience either.
Like many Northeast and Mid-Atlantic schools, Georgetown has begun their early season in somewhat better weather, as they have played three games so far this season down in Winston-Salem, NC as part of the a Wake Forest Invitational going 1-2 against VCU, Delaware and Bucknell.
Last season, the Hoyas were 19-29 and struggled in Big East play.
— Georgetown Baseball (@GtownBaseball) February 16, 2015
George Washington Colonials
The Colonials, much like the Hoyas, don’t actually play home games in the District of Columbia. They play in Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA. The 1,000 seat ballpark has been their home since 1993. Surprisingly, the Colonials have already played two games at their cold and frigid home splitting a two game series against NJIT.
Last year, they went 20-30, but their young players might make a run to the Atlantic 10 title. For the first time in GW history, the Atlantic 10 conference championship will be contested at GW’s home facility from May 20th through May 24th.
Now here is a school that actually plays in DC. The Catholic University of America Cardinals play at Robert J. Talbot Field. Finishing with a record of 21-19 last year, the team is expected to finish third in the Landmark Conference this season.
Another team playing on campus is Gallaudet, who plays at Hoy Field, named after William Ellsworth Hoy, the first deaf baseball player to have a professional career in the major leagues. The field was re-done in 2011, and is a gem for local sports.
The Bisons finished 27-18 last season and ended up playing in the ECAC Division III South Championship game, losing to Penn St.-Behrend. They are expected to finish first in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.