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Georgetown College baseball comes off beating No. 7 Cumberland University a little offensively flat, but finds enough to take two from Mid-South Conference foe Shawnee State.
The Tigers (25-4, 6-4 MSC) scored 18 runs against the Bulldogs the day before, but needed late inning rallies to muster one run victories over the Bears (16-18, 4-7). Jordan Hinshaw increased his team-leading homeruns to six with a walk-off blast to left field in game one's 3-2 win. Then in a 10-inning affair, Kyle Rosen's line single up the middle gave GC the 3-2 victory in game two.
Georgetown loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth, but SSU brought in the centerfielder for a rover position on the infield and prevented a score. Two innings later it seemed as though the strategy would work again.
Mike Steinke singled then worked his way to third base with just one out. The Bears intentionally walked the next two batters and brought in the rover again. GC's next batter grounded into a fielder's choice at home, setting the stage for Rosen.
"Every conference game is important and will be a battle," said Tiger coach Micah Baumfeld. "Shawnee is a great team and is currently receiving votes in the national poll. Both games could have gone either way and we are happy to leave here with the two wins."
League series are three games, usually played on Friday and Saturday. However, the threat of rain pushed this one up. The third game will be played either Saturday or Sunday as weather permits.
"You have to get them in when you can and especially conference games," Baumfeld said. "We already lost an MSC game to rain this past weekend when we couldn't play at St. Catharine Sunday. Hopefully we will get this third game in sometime this weekend."