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Georgetown College baseball did something it has not done in almost a month. The No. 7 Tigers (27-5) lost to Union College (26-13) Tuesday in Barbourville, Ky.
The Bulldogs, who have hopped in and out of the rankings this season, scored just enough and held GC's hitters quiet in the 3-1 win. UC pushed runs across in the second, third and sixth innings off Clay Hall. Georgetown mounted a ninth-inning rally, but it was not enough.
"We stranded 10 runners," said Tiger coach Micah Baumfeld. "It means we are getting guys on, but not taking care of business when we have chances. That takes nothing away from Union. They earned this win, scoring when they had guys in place and doing what they needed to do defensively to stop us."
Trailing 2-0, GC started a rally in the sixth. Martin Lemus' one-out single started it as Steven Mancilla drew a walk and Rick Reyes was hit by a pitch. Bases were loaded with one out for Tanner Unkel, but he grounded into a double play that kept the Tigers scoreless.
Georgetown stranded two more in the seventh, went down quietly in the eighth, bringing the team to its final three outs.
Trey Gross started with a double. Armando Lomeli singled and the Tigers seemed in business with runners on the corners and no outs. Ryan Rodriguez grounded into a double play, scoring a run, and Georgetown was down to its final out. David Higuera reached on an error, but a fielder's choice ended the game.
Three hitters did most of the damage for the Bulldogs Tuesday. Nelson Price (2-4), Ryan Horvath (3-4) and J.D. Burrell (2-3) had seven of the team's nine hits. They also each scored a run for all of the offensive production. Miguel Mendez, Justin Elder and Corey Corum collected the RBIs, but only Elder's came off a hit. Corum's came off a sacrifice fly in the second for the first run, while Mendez had a ground out for the winning run in the third.
GC managed seven hits from seven different batters – Duran Elmore, Brian Barry, Lemus, Mancilla, Gross, Lomeli and Rodriguez. Unkel scored the lone run.
The Tigers have stranded 250 runners total this season, just more than a runner an inning.
Georgetown is back in action 3 pm Wednesday in a doubleheader at Miami University – Hamilton.
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