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Despite the snow and cold of the final stages of winter, baseball season is upon us. Georgetown College got off to a great start, moving its first weekend home series to a neutral location and picking up two wins. The No. 23 Tigers (2-0) handed University of Saint Francis (Ill.) 3-1 and 3-0 losses Friday in Williamsburg, Ky. The Fighting Saints (0-2) were coming to Georgetown when a round of ice storms altered those plans. They were able to schedule two games with University of the Cumberlands for Saturday, opening the Friday date to Georgetown if the Patriots allowed. UC granted permission and the first weekend was not all lost.
"We have practiced so much and the guys have been working so hard, it was really good to get something out of this past weekend," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "Our pitchers did what we expect them to do which is hold teams down until we can get going offensively.
"We have the fire power it is just difficult as a hitter when it is cold. I was just glad to see us get this season started with two good wins."
Georgetown managed just seven total hits, but made each one count.
USF grabbed the early lead in game one, scoring Jackson Schnieders off a Luke Wyss hit in the top of the third. In the bottom of the fourth, Martin Lemus hit his first home run of the season to tie the game. Georgetown added two more runs in the top of the fifth of a triple from Tanner Unkel.
It was the Saints lone run of the day as Brian Barry and Edwin Santiago pitched a complete game shutout of game two.
Tyler Arthur got the win in game one, going six innings with just three hits one run and three strikeouts. Shaun Meyer came in for the seventh for the save, allowing just one hit and striking out one.
Barry was the winner for game two as Santiago closed the door and picked up the save. Barry scattered six hits over six innings with four strikeouts and two walks. While Santiago gave up no hits and just one walk to finish USF off.
Unkel did most of the offensive damage, going 2-of-5 through two games with two RBI. Ryan Rodriguez went 1-of-2 in one game, while Lemus was 1-of-3 for the two games with one RBI. Rick Reyes was the only other Tiger with an RBI this past weekend.
Georgetown returns to action with another four-game home series set Saturday and Sunday against Davenport.