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Georgetown College baseball needed a series of huge defensive plays in the opening game Sunday to remain perfect on the season. After a 9-5 extra-inning win in game one, the Tigers (6-0) took care of business in a 6-1 win to sweep Martin Methodist (2-5).
"Dylan Grandon was huge off the bench for us Sunday," said coach Micah Baumfeld. "He gave us a spark with a double, single and a walk. He also had the hit that scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth."
With two outs and Randy Guite on third, Grandon came to bat. He roped a single to push across the run and start a two-out rally. The Tigers scored three more runs for a 9-5 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. Chad Richie faced four batters in the bottom half, getting the first two out before a single kept MMC alive. The next batter grounded into a force out to end the game.
Georgetown fell behind early, but rallied with four runs in the top of the sixth for a 5-4 lead. The RedHawks tied the game and a stalemate in the seventh forced the extra innings.
MMC seemed poised to win as it loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with no outs. Richie got the next batter to strikeout and then a squeeze bunt resulted in a double play as the Tigers escaped.
"Richie was lights out in the four innings he pitched," Baumfeld said. "It was a crazy game, that was back and forth, but we just kept our game plan together until we got the win."
Richie came in for the bottom of the sixth and the reliever went four innings for his first win of the season. He scattered four hits with four strikeouts and one walk with no earned runs.
In the night cap, the Tigers scored four runs in the second and two more in the fourth for an early 6-0 lead and never looked back. Freshman Tyler Arthur took the hill for his first win, throwing a complete game.
"He got his first college win," Baumfeld said of Arthur. "He only allowed four hits and one run in seven innings of work."
Along with Grandon in game one, Tyler Back got on base three times and Baumfeld was pleased with the five innings of work from Chase Ballinger.
"It was a good day early in the season," Baumfeld said. "Everyone was doing what we needed them to do. We just have to keep building on this."