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Martin Lemus' grand slam capped off an eight-run second inning and the No. 23 Tigers never looked back in a mercy-rule win over Shawnee State University Saturday. Georgetown College baseball scored two more runs in the eighth and then shutout the Bears in the bottom half to win 15-5.
GC had 19 hits – six players had two or more. It is the second game in the week when the Tigers scored more than 10 runs and won by mercy-rule.
SSU, which came into the game holding a 6-1 Mid-South Conference leading record, got three of those eight runs back in the bottom of the second for a 9-4 game. However, Georgetown (15-4, 5-3) responded with three in the third and it was never close again.
The Tigers scored at least a run in each of the first four innings and faced four Bears (15-12, 6-2) pitchers. Zak Esposito was knocked out after working just an inning. He allowed nine runs on seven hits with two walks. Ryan Valentine relieved him and went an inning and a third, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk. Nolan Potter had the most success, going five and a third with eight hits and three earned runs. Bryan Sharkey worked a third walking the only batter he faced.
Brian Barry took the win, going seven innings. He scattered eight hits and allowed five runs, four earned, with three walks and five strikeouts. Sam Burton pitched the eighth and set the side down in order with one strikeout.
Lemus was the only extra base-knock for the Tigers this game. Duran Elmore, Justin Moore, Trey Gross and Ryan Rodriguez all had three hits, while David Higuera and Tyler Coker had two.
Gross got the explosive second inning started with a walk. Higuera followed with a single as the Tigers almost batted around without an out. Rick Reyes was the ninth batter in the inning and he grounded out to short after Lemus' grand slam. Gross followed with a single. Higuera and Armando Lomeli grounded out to end the inning.