Baseball - Fri, Apr. 19, 2013
Senior Matt Smith kicked off Georgetown College baseball's senior weekend in style, pitching a complete-game win 5-1 over University of Pikeville. He gave up three hits, striking out five and walking three.
The Tigers (31-15, 16-6 Mid-South Conference) scored a run in the bottom of the third, after stranding two runners in the previous innings. In the bottom of the sixth, senior TC Oneal got it going with a bunt single. He advanced around and eventually came in on a single by Justin Moore. That was all the offense GC needed, but Martin Lemus added an insurance shot.
The junior crushed his first pitch over the left field fence for a 5-0 lead on the Bears (18-23, 6-13). UPike got a rally going in the bottom of the ninth. A walk and an error put runners on first and second with no outs. A passed ball allowed both to move up a base and a long fly ball to right seemed to be what Pikeville needed to finally end the shutout. However, David Higuera spoiled that with the catch and a bullet to Marvin Flores. Flores applied the tag to give GC two outs with no runs scored. The next batter broke up the shutout with a single to left before a ground out to Ryan Serrato ended the inning and the game.
The two teams meet for a doubleheader at Robert N. Wilson Field starting 1 pm Saturday. Chris Briggs, coach of the 2013 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Champions, will be on hand along with some players to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Between games the Tigers will honor Tanner Baldwin, Jordan Hinshaw, Abe Mitchell, EJ Murray, Oneal, Chad Richie, Kyle Rosen, Smith, Mike Steinke and Chris Villalobos.
GC is currently in second place in the MSC and is looking to secure that spot, while UPike is hoping to play spoiler while also trying to grab the eighth and final slot in the upcoming conference tournament.