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Georgetown College baseball seems to finally be finding a rhythm, now that it has been able to play consistently.
"February was tough," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "We had to cancel close to 10 games. Our guys just needed a chance to get out there and play. Now we are seeing more of what we expected."
Offense and defense came together Tuesday in a mercy-rule 19-1 victory at Indiana University Southeast.
Beau Bowen took the hill and worked out of several two base jams, while his teammates took advantage of every opportunity the Grenadiers provided. The Tigers (14-3) scored two in the first, which proved to be all they needed, but put the game out of reach with a six-run third inning.
"We are coming off a game where we couldn't string hits together and needed a last inning rally to get the victory," Baumfeld said in reference to the 2-1 win Monday over Lourdes. "It was good to see us swinging better and making contact for hits."
Georgetown pounded five IUSE pitchers for 17 hits in just seven innings. Seven of those hits were multiple-base knocks. Tyler Coker, Armando Lomeli, Rick Reyes and Trey Gross had doubles. Duran Elmore roped a triple, while Martin Lemus and Brian Barry each had a homerun.
Lemus has a team-leading three bombs this season. The senior had none through the first 17 games a year ago.
"We really saw our bats come to life in this past weekend's series with Lindsey Wilson," Baumfeld said. "When you can do that against a team such as that, it helps build confidence. Now that we have gotten some weekday games in, that also helps in maintaining confidence and seeing more live pitching."
Lemus came to the plate six times Tuesday against IUSE. He was 3-of-6 with three runs and two RBIs. The reigning Mid-South Conference Player of the Week has been pitched around a lot this season, drawing a team-high 12 walks.
Reyes, Steven Mancilla, David Higuera and Lomeli all had multi-hits against IUSE. Reyes and Mancilla were 2-for-4, Higuera 2-2 and Lomeli 2-3.
Of the 19 runs scored, 18 were RBIs – a nod to the solid hitting of the Tigers.
IUSE did not go quietly, despite trailing after the first frame. The Grenadiers had two on and either one or no outs every inning but the seventh. Bowen, who pitched five innings, worked out of the jams with strikeouts and timely defensive work. The Tigers tallied their 12th double play of the young season, helping to end the second inning.
Bowen, in picking up the win, scattered seven hits with seven strikeouts, three walks, one hit batter and one earned run in the 20 batters he faced. Leonard DeLaRosa came in to finish the game and allowed just one hit with two strikeouts to the seven batters he faced.
Georgetown returns to action 4 pm Saturday in Portsmouth, Ohio. This is the third MSC weekend series. The Tigers are coming off a sweep of No. 15 LWC and are 4-2 in the league. The Bears took two from No. 10 Cumberland University a weekend ago, putting them at 5-1 on the season and just ahead of GC in the conference standings.