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Columbia, Ky. – Georgetown College baseball went through eight hitters without a hit starting Monday's semifinal winner bracket game of the Mid-South Conference tournament. This is not the norm for the potent Tiger (40-6) offense. However, Trey Gross got things going with a lead-off triple in the top of the third and it kick-started GC's offense.
The No. 3 team in the country advances to the finals of the winner bracket 2 pm (EST) Tuesday in Columbia, Ky. at Egnew Park with a 7-3 win over Shawnee State University (32-25). They will meet the winners of the Cumberland University-St. Catharine College game.
With one out, Justin Moore traded places with Gross with a similar shot down the right field line and it was 1-0 Georgetown. Martin Lemus drew a no-pitch walk, setting the stage for Steven Mancilla's RBI single. Lemus added a run off an error on a grounder by Armando Lomeli. The senior, who saw only one pitch on the day intentionally walked four times and made the Bears pay with his safe slide into home.
Rick Reyes started the fourth with some excitement with the Tigers first homerun of the postseason. The junior laced a shot over the left field fence. The shot proved to be the game winner as the Bears made some noise in the bottom of the eighth.
The Bears trailing 7-1 and two outs started to find confidence against Tiger starter Brian Barry. The junior had retired 13 batters straight when he hit a batter. Jake Cain took a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence. SSU followed that with a single and a walk to knock Barry from the game. Clay Hall came in and walked the first hitter he faced to load the bases. The senior though calmly got ahead of the next batter and after a couple of foul offs, Dustin Bickmeyer grounded into a fielder's choice to Mancilla.
Barry picked up the win and Hall took the save, facing five batters and retiring four straight.
SSU scored its first run as a single, stolen base, ground out and an error scored Mason Wisner.
Georgetown scored a few more insurance run – one in the sixth and seventh to wrap up day two of action in the tournament.
Moore led going 3-for-6 with a run scored and two RBIs, bouncing back from a hitless day in the Tigers' 11-1 victory Sunday. Gross was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two walks.
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