Marion, Ind. – The difference in Monday's game came down to one rough inning for the Tiger defense. Spring Arbor University used timely hits and confusion from the No. 5 Georgetown College baseball team to win their second game of the day. In the third inning, the Cougars (33-15) scored six runs and won 8-4.
GC, the top seed in the bracket, is back in action 8 pm against the winner of the Midland-Point Park game.
The Tigers (42-9) had several interesting innings to try and get back into the game, but stranding seven runners spoiled most of that.
Down to three outs, GC got a rally for the final two runs. A single from Trey Gross and a triple by Duran Elmore knocked Brody Harris from the game. Justin Moore followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to four. But that was all Georgetown would get as SAU celebrated its second victory as the fifth seed in the bracket.
The Tigers will now have to rally out of the loser's bracket in order to win their first NAIA National Championship Opening Round tournament. GC is 1-5 in regional site action through Monday's game.
Georgetown scored first after Moore walked and scored on a double by Tyler Coker. SAU got that run back in the bottom half of the inning one a two-out rally. Brian Barry struck out the first two Cougars, but a single, stolen base and double made it 1-1.
Both teams went down harmlessly in the second as it appeared the pitchers would settle into a duel. But Spring Arbor had other plans. It started with legging out an infield hit and the Cougars had three runs to just one out in the bottom of the third inning. Back-to-back singles pushed across the other three runs for the damage. It was more than enough for the Crossroads League Newcomer of the Year Harris. The lefty has pitched 15 games, is 9-1 with a 1.72 earned run average. He has only given up five or more hits in four games this season (fourth was to GC Monday night). He was one out away from pitching his first complete game. Before that, his longest outing was seven innings twice.