Baseball - Thu, Dec. 20, 2012
It comes as no surprise that the Georgetown College baseball pitching staff rewrote the record books this past season. The Tigers, currently ranked 20th in the preseason coaches' poll, had a banner season with 45 wins on their way to their first-ever Mid-South Conference tournament title.
Leading that staff were then-seniors Jason McGinnis and Chase Ballinger. Current senior Chad Richie was the ace out of the bullpen, shutting teams down and picking up 12 saves and six wins in the process. Current sophomore Tyler Arthur exploded on the scene to be MSC Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year. He went 10-0 through the regular season and conference tournament. The Lexington native suffered his first loss in the opening game of the regional tournament in Kingsport, Tenn.
"We had a great year and it all starts from the mound," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "Good pitching helps to make for good defense and allows time for our hitters to take control of the game."
Six different pitchers found their way into the top 10 of nine different season statistical categories.
Not many got to see the now junior sensation Shaun Meyer during the regular season. Baumfeld used him as a set-up man sometimes in conference games, but he was mostly a mid-week starter. However, when the first-year coach needed a fourth starter for the conference tournament, he did not shy away from handing the ball to Meyer.
The Bellevue native blanked University of the Cumberlands to get the tournament started right. The complete-game shutout showed why Meyer is now fourth on the Tigers' season ERA list with a 1.27 average. He is also first in batting average against with a .145 average.
Current senior Chris Villalobos had some big moments in his first season as a Tiger. None bigger than a dominate performance over now conference foe Cumberland University. The California native helped GC to a huge mid-week win over the once defending national champions and finished the season with a record seventh-best with a 1.84 ERA.
McGinnis etched his name into the records in the games started category with 13 starts this past season. He also struck out 82 batters, a new season record at GC. Previous best was 77 by K.C. Massie.
But the three that really put their stamp on the season were starters Arthur and Ballinger and reliever Richie.
Richie's 0.72 earn run average is the best in Tiger history. His 12 saves is also a new high, and he is now third in batting average against with a .169. Richie also made 22 appearances this past season, tops in that category.
Ballinger's 8-2 record put him at sixth in wins and ninth in winning percentage – 0.800. He had 14 starts, which is the most for a season, and his 93 innings pitched is second most. The Lexington native had 76 strikeouts, third best, tying with Arthur.
Along with setting batters down, Arthur's 1.68 ERA is fifth-best. His 10 wins is top of the list, and his .909 winning percentage is second. He started 13 games as a freshman, fifth best, while his 91 innings is fourth. He finished with a .207 batting average against, which is seventh on the season standings.
"It's nice to see what we were working on translated to the field," Baumfeld said. "Our pitchers are extremely talented. It was great to have the leadership from Chase, Jason and Chad. We have Chad back along with Arthur, Shaun, Chris, Matt (Smith) and a couple of other guys that will really help shore up the staff this season.
"To go along with our pitching, our offense has shown this fall that it could be one of the best since I've been here. I know it is December, but I think we are all just ready to get back to playing baseball."