Baseball - Sun, Apr. 15, 2012
Georgetown College baseball swept University of Rio Grande, increasing the lead in second place over Campbellsville University.
The No. 18 Tigers (38-8, 15-5) lead by two games over CU (31-13, 12-6). Despite being just a game and a half behind with three games to play of Lindsey Wilson, GC cannot catch the top spot. The Blue Raiders (35-10, 17-4) have no conference games remaining and will have a higher winning percentage regardless of how Georgetown does against University of Pikeville (10-32, 1-17) next weekend.
The Tigers celebrated Senior Day in style with 5-1 and 3-1 wins over the RedStorm (25-21, 5-12). Senior Chase Ballinger got the win in game one, pitching eight and a third innings of shutout ball. He handed off to senior Travis McBride to finish off the victory.
Game two was a lineup of all seniors minus freshman David Higuera in right field. The Tigers got a run early, but Rio rallied back in the top of the sixth to level the score at one. Then it was Georgetown's turn to rally. With two outs, Taylor Payne singled up the middle. TC Oneal came in to run. Chris Wood singled to left, but almost got caught trying to stretch it to a double. The throw was wild and went to the fence down the right field line, bringing Oneal and Wood in to score.
Chad Richie, who came in for relief of Jason McGinnis during the sixth inning, pitched the next two outs before handing the ball off to senior Trey LaVera for the final out. He got his second batter to ground out to Payne, preserving the win for Richie.