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Columbia, Ky. – What can you expect from the top two seeds in the Mid-South Conference Tournament? Extra innings in a dog and cat fight. The No. 3 Georgetown College baseball team took the early lead, but the Cumberland University Bulldogs rallied back for the 10-inning victory in the finals of the winner bracket.
The Tigers fall into the loser bracket and must rally back, starting with an 8 pm match-up with St. Catharine College, the winner of the semifinal loser bracket game with Shawnee State University.
"We had our chances and dug ourselves out of some tough spots, but you can't give a team as good as Cumberland the chances we did," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "They will make you pay and that is what happened."
Georgetown seemed to be in business in the bottom of the ninth. An error put the team's first base runner on since the fourth inning. Martin Lemus followed with a single, putting two Tigers on with no outs.
Steven Mancilla followed with a rocket of a fly ball to left field that had CU's Chris Hall drifting back and searching for the wall. The Bulldog settled under it and made the play for out one. Tyler Coker tagged up and advanced to third, but Lemus also tried to advance. CU's Ricky Coleman fired the ball to Sam Lind and tagged Lemus out for the second out. Trey Gross pinch hit and also had a long blast, but Justin Byrd made that catch to end the threat and force extra innings.
A pass ball on a strikeout put Richie Seatonon, then a sacrifice bunt and single later brought him in as winning run.
Georgetown started strong with a three-up, three-down defensive first. The Tigers then used two walks and two singles to score the teams only two runs. CU's Clint Meadows went on shutdown mode, sitting down 21 of the next 22 batters he faced. The Bulldogs offense slowly chipped away at the lead, getting a run each in the second and third before Tyler Arthur found his rhythm to set down 15 of 17 through the eighth. Craig Ramsey came in for the ninth and the 10th and suffered his first loss of the season.