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Ryan Serrato showed off his pitching skills Monday afternoon as the Tigers needed four extra innings to pick up the win over Indiana University Southeast. The sophomore pitched those innings, giving up no hits with five strikeouts of the 12 batters he faced. Georgetown pushed a run across in the bottom of the 13th inning for the 3-2 win.
"It is good to win a game like that," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "We've had some close ones slip away, but the way we battled tonight and got the job done is good moving forward."
The No. 20 Tigers (7-6) held a two run lead going into the top of the ninth, but the Grenadiers tied it up to force the extra innings. It was a pair of seniors in the final at-bat to get things going for GC. TC Oneal started by reaching on a misplayed grounder. The speedy outfielder then advanced on a stolen base to put Georgetown into scoring position with no outs.
Mike Steinke was at the plate. He pushed a bunt between the pitcher and first. IUSE's pitcher fielded the ball and attempted to get Oneal out at third. His throw was errant, allowing Oneal to score and the game to end just shy of the four-hour mark.
Steinke led GC offensively with two of the three hits on 2-of-4 hitting from the plate. Oneal scored two of the three runs.
"We didn't hit well as a team, but that will happen sometimes," Baumfeld said. "But we got things done defensively, giving ourselves the opportunity to win, and we did."
Jordan Nekola got the start as he went five innings, scattering three hits and striking out five. He gave way to Brett Smith, who struck out three and walked one in his two innings. Closer Chad Richie came in for the eighth and ninth innings. He set down the side in the eighth, but gave up two runs off two hits in the ninth that tied the game.