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Georgetown College baseball got down early but battled through the nine innings to beat No. 15 Lindsey Wilson College in the series opener Saturday afternoon. The three-game Mid-South Conference showdown was moved to Barbourville, Ky. and the No. 23 Tigers (9-3, 2-2 MSC) took the first 4-3.
Tyler Arthur gave up two earned runs and the GC defense allowed a third in the middle innings to trail 3-0 after four. The junior pitcher never lost his composure though, scattering nine hits in his eight innings and taking the win. Craig Ramsey came in to close the door in the bottom of the ninth. The reliever struck out two of his three batters for the save.
"Tyler allows our offense the chance to get a rhythm and get going," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "He will keep us in games until we can string some hits together."
That happened in the top of the seventh. The Blue Raiders (11-11, 2-2) walked Steven Mancilla, who then stole two bases on wild pitches. Trey Gross walked and the Tigers had runners on the corners with one out. Rick Reyes singled to bring in Mancilla. Justin Moore singled to load the bases. Ryan Rodriguez was hit by a pitch to bring in Gross and knock Luke Shearrow from the game. Duran Elmore flied out, leaving GC with the bases loaded and still trailing 3-2.
David Higuera roped a two RBI single to give the Tigers its first and only lead it needed.
A pair of singles in the bottom of the eighth with no outs had Lindsey threating, but Arthur got two batters to fly out and the third to ground into a fielder's choice.
Higuera and Martin Lemus both went 2-of-5 from the plate. Reyes was 1-of-3 and Moore was 1-of-1 for all six of the Tiger hits.
The pair is currently locked in game-two battle, which will be seven innings. The series will finish up 1 pm Sunday with a nine-inning game in Barbourville.