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Georgetown College baseball finished off the sweep Saturday of Mid-South Conference foe Shawnee State University. The Tigers blew open game two for a 9-2 win and got just enough in the 2-0 win to close out the weekend. They run their conference record to 12-6 and are 25-13 overall.
"We had to battle at different times this weekend, but you are really starting to see us come together," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "We knew how important this series was to the final stretch of the season and it was good to see us pick up each win in different ways."
Friday was a set of rallies, but Saturday start off with a bang. Ryan Serrato was a triple from the cycle, starting the day with a bomb over the right field and the quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
The score stood until the top of the fifth when the Bears were able to push two across, first on a miscommunication between pitcher Tyler Arthur and shortstop Tanner Baldwin. A wild throw allowed SSU to tie the game up and a batter later a sacrifice fly made it 2-1. However, the Tigers responded right back for three runs to put the game away.
TC Oneal got it going with a bunt single that was thrown wildly to first and the speedy senior advanced to third. Then GC started tagging the lines. David Higuera doubled down the left field line to score Oneal. Mike Steinke followed that with a triple down the right field line and Higuera scored what was the winning run.
Serrato was walked, setting up EJ Murray for a double down the left field line to bring in Steinke for the first of six insurance runs. The other five came in the final two at-bats for the Tigers – three in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Serrato was 3-for-3 in the game with one run and two RBI. Murray was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Higuera was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.
Arthur went eight innings, gave up two hits with five strikeouts and allowed just one earned run. He gave way to Brett Smith. The freshman struck out two of the three batters he faced and got the other to ground out to the infield.
Baldwin shined offensively and defensively in the final game of the series. The senior hit a double for the insurance run, but it was his glove that made three stellar plays in the field to keep the Bears off the bases.
He had two diving plays for outs at first and then snagged a grounder up the middle stepped on second as he slid by and threw the runner out at first.
"We gave Shaun (Meyer) the offensive and defensive support he needed and it was a good game to close out the weekend sweep with," Baumfeld said.
Meyer was the starting pitcher for the final game. He went all seven innings, worked out of several jams, scattering four hits with no runs.
Georgetown returns to action 3 pm Tuesday at Union College; then heads to Bluefield College next weekend for another three-game conference series.