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Columbia, Ky. – Heart and finding ways to win define a team in the postseason. Georgetown College baseball earned both stripes Tuesday night in the loser bracket final of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.
The No. 3 Tigers (41-7) suffered a heartbreaking loss to second-seed Cumberland University in extra innings to start the day. They then had to play a second game against a very hot three-seed St. Catharine College. The Patriots have been fighting for their tournament lives since Monday morning.
It was a fight to the finish, but Georgetown prevailed 4-2 and heads to a rematch with Cumberland Wednesday afternoon.
The Tigers will need to beat CU twice to take home their second MSC Tournament title. First pitch is set for 2 pm EST. The if-necessary game would be roughly 40 minutes following the completion of game one.
GC had a great game from junior Beau Bowen, who tallied 11 strikeouts, allowing the offense to settle and do what it has all season. His previous high was seven in a five-inning game and he had 16 total strikeouts before holding the Patriots quiet most of the evening.
Trey Gross's double woke up the bats. It was followed by a sacrifice bunt by Duran Elmore and an RBI sacrifice fly from Justin Moore. In the eighth inning, GC scored two insurance runs when Steven Mancilla singled, Armando Lomeli doubled and Edwin Santiago singled. Mancilla scored off the Lomeli hit and Tanner Unkel running for Lomeli came around for the fourth run. Lomeli's hit became the winning hit as SCC loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth and got one run back for the final score.
Georgetown struggled all day to get anything going offensively. After scoring two in the first inning against CU, the Tigers had 20-plus batters retired from the second to the eighth inning.
They scored a run in the second to start with a lead against the Patriots, but it was not until Gross' double did the bats come to life.
Leonardo DeLaRosa finished off the game with a pair of ground outs and a strikeout to pick up his first save of the year.
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