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Georgetown College's baseball close Chad Richie picked up a save and a win at University of Virginia College at Wise this past weekend, earning him the Mid-South Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.
The junior from Lexington is known for his solid shutdown pitching, which was on display in his save in the opening game of the series.
He threw two shutout innings, with one hit and three strikeouts, to preserve the 4-2 win for Tyler Arthur. Richie returned less than 24 hours later to do something pretty untypical of the closer.
He entered a 3-3 game in the bottom of the eighth with one out. The righty proceeded to pitch the next six innings of scoreless ball to pick up a 5-3 win.
The game, schedule for a normal nine innings, was a 14-inning marathon. Wise used five different pitchers, while Tiger coach Micah Baumfeld knew he could count on Richie to do the job.
"It is definitely something you don't usually ask your closer or even a middle reliever to do," Baumfeld said. "We brought in Matt Smith for one out in the eighth and then went to Richie. I just knew he could hold them down and eventually our offense would get the runs we needed."
In the top of the 14th, the Tigers did just that. They plated two runs, more than enough for Richie.
He scattered four hits with one walk and two strikeouts facing 21 batters in his 6.2 innings of work.
The win runs his season record to 4-1 with five saves - a total that is second most in the conference. In 26 innings of work, the junior has a 0.35 earn run average.
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