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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 every game."
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 the Tigers.
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 victory.
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.