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Georgetown College baseball saw its hard work honored Tuesday night as the Tigers earned a No. 17 ranking in the national poll, unfortunately that matters little when you step between the lines.
GC (26-6), which has not been ranked since 2009 (that year the Tigers were in and out of the receiving votes category all season), got swept by Indiana University Southeast. The Tigers did the same a week ago in Indiana when the Grenadiers were in the poll receiving votes. Georgetown handed its host a 7-0, 10-7 pair of losses. IUSE (13-14) returned the favor, 6-2 and 3-1.
"I've said all year this is a marathon season," said Tiger coach Micah Baumfeld. "We have to move forward from this and get refocused. We have conference games at University of Virginia College at Wise."
In the opener, IUSE used a five-run, third inning to take control and never look back. Back-to-back doubles started the inning and then a pair of singles through the hole at short scored two of those runs and loaded the bases. Matt Smith struggled to get out of the inning and final did trailing 6-2.
The Grenadiers had a solo homerun from Zach Maupin to start the top of the second inning in the nightcap. The right-fielder blasted it off the radio tower behind the right field fence. A double, a ground out and a single later scored the winning run for a 2-0 lead.
IUSE added an insurance run in the fifth. Mike Steinke opened the bottom of the third with a stand up triple. He scored on a ground out by Randy Guite, but GC would never get anything going offensively again.
Georgetown returns to action this weekend at Wise for a three-game conference series.