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Tyler Arthur and Derek Moore locked into a pitcher's duel as No. 23 Georgetown College baseball was looking to tie up the top spot in the Mid-South Conference.
The Tigers (14-4, 4-3) seemed in control, touching up Moore, freshman standout that has yet to lose in college and never lost in high school, for three runs in the first six innings. However, a late rally led to a 4-3 loss Friday in Portsmouth, Ohio.
SSU (15-11, 6-1) trailing 3-0 got its first leadoff hitter on of the day in the bottom of the sixth. Arthur got the next batter out, but then issued back-to-back walks to lead to GC coach Micah Baumfeld bringing in Edwin Santiago.
A pass ball and a single allowed the Bears to pull within one, but Santiago worked out of the situation to keep Georgetown ahead. Moore continued to stall the Tigers, who set GC down in order in the seventh and eighth.
After a solid defensive play in the top of the eighth, SSU got all the offensive punch it needed with back-to-back solo homeruns to open the bottom of that frame.
Santiago took the loss giving up three hits and two runs in one and two-thirds innings.
Georgetown struck first as Steven Mancilla came around on an Armando Lomeli with an RBI single. GC led 1-0 after two. It was Mancilla and Lomeli again that got the energy going for what appeared to be the decisive runs. Rick Reyes reached when he was hit by a pitch. Mancilla singled for two on and one out in the top of the sixth. Lomeli rope a shot to right field that was then misplayed. Reyes and Mancilla scored as Lomeli took third.
With Arthur scattering three hits through six innings of work, it appeared that the Tigers were on track to pull within a game of the Bears at the top of the league. Now they sit in third behind SSU and Bluefield College (19-4, 5-2).
If Georgetown takes the twin bill tomorrow, it can still level its conference record with Shawnee as both teams would be 6-3. Bluefield is playing host to No. 15 LWC this weekend and if it splits or sweeps the Blue Raiders Saturday will be right there on top as well. A split would mean a three-way tie at 6-3, or a pair of wins would give BC the lead at 7-2.