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Marion, Ind. – On a day when Georgetown College baseball needs to play a lot of innings to advance, why not a game with extra innings? The No. 5 Tigers (45-9) rallied from a two-run deficit and won 5-4 in 10 innings.
GC came into Thursday having to win three games – 27 innings – and is now one game closer. The team will play Mount Vernon Nazarene University (44-11) in the winner take all game. Tickets to Lewiston, Idaho are on the line.
Trey Gross came to the play 1-for-4 and absolutely crushed a first pitch to right field. The outfielder got tangled up in the fence, allowing David Higuera more than enough time to score the winning run.
The Cougars, the lone team in the Marion bracket of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round without a loss, opened with a run in the first and a run in the third.
Georgetown rallied back for a run in the fifth when Duran Elmore reached on an error, moved up on a line single by Justin Moore and scored on Tyler Coker's sacrifice fly.
The Tigers took their first lead in the seventh with three runs. Elmore was hit by a pitch. Moore singled to start four straight singles. Coker had singled for his second RBI of the game. Martin Lemus' single tied the game and Steven Mancilla's single put Georgetown up.
Craig Ramsey went into shutdown mode and when the Tigers had two outs in the ninth, it seemed rudimentary for the game to go GC's way.
However, MVNU has not won 44 games by giving up this season. A single, a balk and an error allowed the Cougars to claw back into the action. Things then got interesting.
Moore was hit by a pitch. Coker hit a bunt single. Mancilla singled to load the bases with one out. Armando Lomeli tagged a ball to center field that appeared to be the winning sacrifice fly, but a base running error double the Tigers off and ended the ninth with the game still knotted at four.
Ramsey set down MVNU one, two and three. Edwin Santiago flied out, but Higuera, pinch hitting for Rick Reyes, dug in for a six-pitch walk. This all set up the explosive shot to the fence by Gross.
Ramsey gets his sixth win of the season and Georgetown is still playing baseball. Final game of the Marion bracket set to start at 6:45 pm.