Marion, Ind. – Armando Lomeli's two-RBI single in the top of the fifth proved to be the winner in the loser bracket final Thursday afternoon. The Tigers' (44-9) catcher turned on a 1-0 pitch, lacing it through the hole at second. Justin Moore and Tyler Coker scored. It was a 6-1 advantage Georgetown College at that point, but Spring Arbor rallied a bit to make it interesting before falling 9-5.
GC moves to championship bracket to play Mount Vernon Nazarene University. The Cougars are undefeated in the 2014 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round, meaning Georgetown must win two more Thursday to advance to Idaho.
Edwin Santiago opened the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the second, scoring Tanner Unkel – running for Lomeli. Rick Reyes followed that with a blast to left center and it was 3-0.
Tyler Coker showed his homerun power with a lead-off solo home run in the top of the third and it was 4-0 quickly for Georgetown.
SAU scored its first run in the bottom of the fourth with a double, single and a sacrifice fly. However, the Tigers defense showed why it has been one of the best all year. It turned a pair of double plays, made cuts and relays to the right spots to keep the Cougars at bay.
Lomeli tagged a second two-RBI single in the top of the seventh for a pair of insurance runs and a 9-3 lead.
Spring Arbor made a last gasp by getting the first two hitters on in the bottom of the ninth. A ground out was followed by a two-RBI double and the final runs of the game as harmless fly balls were tracked and pulled in by Duran Elmore and Moore.