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The snow melted way and the grass came through so Georgetown College baseball could finally hold a home opener. After canceling its first nine home games, the No. 23 Tigers (4-0) played at Robert N. Wilson Field on a beautiful Saturday – hopeful the result and the weather signs of things to come.
GC took two from Saint Xavier University, allowing just one run all day. Tyler Arthur pitched six stellar innings in a 3-1 victory, followed by Brian Barry blanking the Cougars 7-0.
Rick Reyes' single to left brought in Tanner Unkel, who opened the game with an infield single. That lone run seemed to be enough in the pitchers' duel, but fortunately GC got some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Unkel started it again, reaching on a dropped pop up. A few more errors from SXU eventually allowed Justin Moore and Martin Lemus to score and give Georgetown the 3-0 led.
The Cougars bats came to life getting two hits and pushing across a run. Prior to the inning, they had managed just one hit in the top of the second. Arthur finished with eight strikeouts and gave way to Edwin Santiago. The reliever inherited bases loaded, and he walked in the lone Cougar, but managed to squelch Saint Xavier and preserve the win for Arthur.
Georgetown left nothing to chance in game two. The team scored two in the bottom of the second and exploded for five in the bottom of the third. Barry went five innings, scattering four hits with five strikeouts and a walk. Brett Smith and Clay Hall came in to relieve and threw two hitless innings to close the door on day one against the Cougars.
David Higuera was the lone Tiger with two hits, 2-of-3. Edwin Santiago and Armando Lomeli both went 1-of-1. Ryan Rodriguez went 1-of-3 for the only other GC hit. Unkel, Reyes, Martin Lemus, Steven Mancilla, Trey Gross and Lomeli all drew walks, while Moore had two. Unkel, Moore, Reyes, Lemus, Mancilla, Higuera and Gross scored, while Lemus Mancilla, Higuera and Lomeli all had RBIs.
Georgetown returns to action 1 pm Sunday against the Cougars in another doubleheader.