Baseball - Thu, Mar. 6, 2014
The No. 23 Tigers (8-3) played an early morning game to get in the second of two against Reinhardt University, taking a split with the Eagles. Georgetown College baseball tallied five in the fifth, blowing the game open for the eventual 7-4 victory.
Georgetown, trailing 2-1, exploded in the fifth to take that run back and then some.
After Tanner Unkel's leadoff single, small ball allowed for the Tigers to get rolling. Nick Kociolek bunted Unkel to second and Ryan Rodriguez was trying to do the same. RU misplayed his bunt, giving Unkel third and Rodriguez first.
With runners at the corners and just one out, Elmore roped a single to left for an RBI. Justin Moore's ground ball caught Elmore out at second, but once again set up first and third. This time there were two outs. A pass ball allowed Moore to take second and Rodriguez to score. Coker walked, setting the stage for Martin Lemus.
The senior hit a two RBI double to right center, scoring Moore and Coker. Steven Mancilla singled to score Lemus as the Tigers roared in front 6-2.
GC managed just two runs the day before against RU (17-6), but got going early with a run in the first. Duran Elmore gave his team its first lead of the series walking and stealing second and third. He came around on a sacrifice fly that was muffed by the centerfielder. Tyler Coker hit a long fly ball that was dropped for the RBI.
Reinhardt matched that with a run in the bottom of the frame and then took the lead in the bottom of the third.
The Eagles trimmed the four-run deficit with a run in the bottom of the seventh, which the Tigers quickly got back with a run in the top of the seventh. Down to its final three outs, RU scored the last run in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little too late.
After stranding 11 runners in the loss Tuesday, GC did much better with runners on and only stranded seven Wednesday.
Javier Saenz went five and a third for the win. The senior scattered six hits allowed three runs and struck out two of the 20 batters he faced. Leonard DeLaRosa went an inning and two-thirds, giving up two hits and one walk. Sam Burton and Craig Ramsey each pitched an inning. Burton struck out two of his four batters, allowing just one hit. Ramsey pitched the ninth, walking two and allowing one run on no hits with one strikeout.
The Tigers return to action Saturday in Mid-South Conference play. The previously scheduled Friday start with No. 15 Lindsey Wilson College has been bumped to Saturday. The three-game series will wrap up on Sunday.