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Georgetown College baseball needed a second rally, but pulled off the victory over Shawnee State University in game one of the three-game series.
The Tigers (23-13, 10-6 Mid-South Conference) squandered a two-run lead, but had enough left to score Justin Moore on a pass ball for the 4-3 win. After trailing 1-0 for most of the game, Georgetown pushed three runs across in the bottom of the sixth.
It looked as though the lead would stand, until an error with the bases loaded allowed the Bears (24-20, 6-10) a chance to level the game in the top of the eighth.
"A win is a win and sometimes you have to just keep battling," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "We left a lot of runners on base tonight, but scored just enough. We can't do that. Hopefully tomorrow is a different story."
The Tigers stranded nine base runners. Things looked bleak when they loaded the bases with two outs and didn't score. Then started the next inning by getting two aboard and then three straight outs.
Hitters kept swinging away and eventually were able to break through. Matt Smith got the start for the Tigers, but picked up the no-decision. He allowed one run in seven and a third innings off seven hits and six strikeouts. Chris Villalobos came in for his seventh win, tossing one and a two thirds innings of hitless ball. He also struck out two of the six batters he faced.
Ryan Serrato did most of the damage from the plate, going 2-for-4 with one run scored. David Higuera was 2-for-5 and Marvin Flores had a sacrifice fly for the lone Tiger RBI.
Georgetown and Shawnee play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 pm. It is alumni weekend for the Tigers and Robert N. Wilson, who the field is named for, will be on hand to throw out the first pitch.