Freshman pitching sensation Tyler Arthur worked his way
into the ace slot for the Georgetown College midway through the season and had
yet to lose a game. However, in the opening round of the NAIA National Regional
Tournament in Kingsport, TN the rookie suffered his first set back, running his
record to 10-1.
The No. 22 Indiana Tech (40-20) loaded the bases with no
outs in the first inning to score the first run and then rallied with two outs
in the top of the second for another run and a 2-0 lead. The Warriors went on
to hand No. 14 Georgetown College (45-10) a 4-2 loss, adding the needed
insurance runs in the eighth against reliever Shaun Meyer. The Tigers rallied
in their final at-bat for two runs after loading the bases with no outs. A pair
of sacrifice flies from David Higuera and Brian Smith pushed across Taylor
Payne and EJ Murray, but the comeback came up short as Kyle Rosen flied out to
end the game.
Fortunately for GC it is a double-elimination tournament
and it will see conference rival Campbellsville University 11 am Friday. GC has
played CU four times this season, splitting the games. Georgetown took the most
recent game, 9-3, in the second game of the Mid-South Conference Tournament
more than two weeks ago.
GC struggled from the plate all day with just five hits
all day. The Tigers went down in order the first three innings before Chris
Wood and Randy Guite put back-to-back singles and the best threat early.
Georgetown would eventually load the bases in the fourth
with one out, but a strikeout and a ground out ended the rally. The Tigers
managed singles a few more times, but didn't string anything together again
until the ninth. Even then it was Ryan Serrato getting hit by a pitch, EJ
Murray walking and a fielder's choice where everyone was safe that loaded the
bases for the Tigers.