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Georgetown College baseball advances to the finals of the Mid-South Conference tournament at 6 pm Saturday in Campbellsville, playing the winner of the elimination bracket to be determined in a 3 pm game.
Chase Ballinger picked up the 4-2 win over Shawnee State University, while the middle of the lineup did most of the offensive damage. Ballinger runs his season record to 8-1. Chad Richie came in during the bottom of the eighth with bases loaded and while walking one run in, did close the door and earn his 11th save.
"Chase worked a great game," said Georgetown coach Micah Baumfeld. "Then when I needed Richie, he came in to close the door. We did hit the ball well (11 hits), but we stranded too many runners (13). We can't do that in the finals."
Nine of those hits came from Baumfeld's three, four and five hitters. Randy Guite and Ryan Serrato, the first two of those three, were 2-of-5, while EJ Murray was 4-of-4. Two of his hits were blasts to left field, one a homerun and the other a double off the fence.
Lindsey Wilson and University of Virginia College at Wise play in the semifinals of the elimination bracket to determine who will face SSU in the finals of that bracket. The Bears are defending tournament champions and played their way into the semifinals with wins over St. Catharine and University of Rio Grande Friday in Columbia.
"They are a very dangerous team," Baumfeld said. "We played three good games against them at Georgetown this season. It would have been nice to push a few more runs across, but we got number 44 and we move on to our next goal."