Tyler Coker came through with a big hit in the eighth for Georgetown. Photo by Richard Davis
Baseball - Fri, Apr. 18, 2014
Georgetown College baseball needed another late inning rally and with the win inched closer to its first Mid-South Conference regular season title. The No. 7 Tigers (32-6, 18-3) trailed by two heading into the bottom of the eighth against Campbellsville University (25-15, 13-8). Hits and walks set the stage for a two RBI double by Tyler Coker as Georgetown went on for a 7-6 win.
CU had a two-out rally in the ninth. Hitting a single and an RBI triple to make it interesting, but Craig Ramsey got the final batter to fly out to Justin Moore as GC is now one win against Campbellsville away from the title.
"We believe that our hits will come, and we will get what we need," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "We don't panic, which has allowed us to be clutch at every position. Campbellsville is a great team. This series is always tough and tomorrow we are going to need to be focused."
Saturday will serve as Senior Day for Clay Hall, Martin Lemus, Shaun Meyer, Moore, Javier Saenz, Edwin Santiago and Brett Smith. President Dr. M Dwaine Greene will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The teams will play a doubleheader with the first game set to start at 1 pm. Senior celebration will be between games.
"It is a big day, but we want to take care of business on the field first," Baumfeld said. "Emotions will run high, but we just have to continue to play with the calm we've shown all year."
Rick Reyes got the eighth inning going with a single to center just out of the reach of CU's second baseman. David Higuera drew a walk and Ryan Rodriguez sacrificed them into scoring position.
Duran Elmore got the no pitch intentional walk to load the bases as Campbellsville looked to protect its 5-3 advantage. Moore stepped in to make it a 5-4 game as the defense misplayed his grounder and everyone was safe. Coker dug in and his double made it 6-5. However, GC scored the winning run as Steven Mancilla reached on a fielder's choice. The junior legged out CU's attempt to roll a double play.
Ramsey came in to pitch the ninth and got his first two hitters out harmlessly. Jacob Russell got it started with a single and scored off Alex Kline's triple. Ramsey settled back in and preserved the win for Leonard DeLaRosa.
Tyler Arthur started the game on the hill. He went seven innings, scattering 11 hits and striking out one. DeLaRosa went one inning with a strikeout and Ramsey went one inning with a strikeout.
Martin Lemus seemed to provide a lift in the bottom of the seventh when he hit a blast to left center field. It was originally ruled a home run, but then called a ground rule double. Georgetown was unable to take advantage of the runner in scoring position that inning.
Lemus finished 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. Coker was 1-for-4 with three RBI. Reyes had two hits as did Elmore. Mancilla, Armando Lomeli and David Higuera all had one hit as well.