Baseball - Sat, Mar. 10, 2012
Georgetown College baseball played a pair of Mid-South
Conference games Saturday against Lindsey Wilson College, currently second in
the standings. After a fast start to the season - 16 straight wins, the past
two league weekends have been a test for the Tigers (17-3, 2-3). The Blue
Raiders (12-7, 3-2) took a pitcher's duel in game one, 2-0, while Georgetown
rallied for a 4-3 win in game two.
GC's Jason McGinnis found himself in several early jams
on the mound, but his pitching and the Tiger defense worked out keeping the first
game knotted at zero through five innings. Then Lindsey Wilson used small ball
to push a run across in the sixth and the eighth to squeeze out the win.
"They bunted really well and we have to work on that, but
we also had some errors we don't usually commit," said Georgetown coach Micah
Baumfeld. "We just have to keep learning and keep working on getting better
Game two was much tougher from the start for GC. Chase
Ballinger, who is first on the team in strikeouts with 30 in 35 innings of
work, gave up seven hits and three runs in his six innings of work Saturday.
Matt Smith came in for the seventh, striking out two and picking up his third
win of the season.
The Blue Raiders third run came off a bang-bang play at
the plate, Manuel Ozoria singled to right and Jordan Hinshaw came up throwing.
His strike to the plate had Kyle Rosen with the ball as Drew Barrett was
getting to the dirt around home plate. The catcher reached to apply the tag as
Barrett slid wide and was called safe. Baumfeld appealed the call, but it
stood. An inning later, Baumfeld and the home plate umpire had another brief
discussion that eventually resulted in the tossing of the head coach.
But, from that moment on it was energy at the plate for
GC had no hits through the first three innings; then had
seven in the final four at-bats to score four runs and get the come-from-behind
The Tigers scored a run in the fourth and another in the
sixth, but needed two in the seventh to complete the rally. Hinshaw's fielder's
choice and Rosen's walk gave them runners at first and second with just one
out. David Higuera hit through the hole at second, which had pinch runner Mike
Steinke on his toes as he ran from first to second. Jeff Kerian's bobble in the
outfield trying to pick up the ball allowed Hinshaw to come around, score easily
and tie the game.
Higuera broke up a double play on the next at bat to give
GC a runner at third with one out left. Chris Wood, who leads the MSC in stolen
bases, used his speed to leg out an infield single to deep second, allowing
Steinke to score and GC to win.
The two teams meet in the rubber-match game tomorrow.
First pitch of the nine inning game is set for 1 pm.