Lewiston, Idaho – Georgetown College baseball has shown a lot of resiliency this postseason. The No. 5 Tigers (49-10) have rallied twice out of consolation brackets to advance to and force the if-necessary championship game.
They will need to do so again in the 2014 Avista NAIA World Series following a 5-4 setback to defending national champion Faulkner University (50-14) Friday.
Georgetown plays Southern Polytechnic Institution noon EST Saturday.
The Eagles used a single and an errant throw to be on second with one out in the ninth. This set up Luis Sanchez walk-off single to end the game.
Georgetown made it exciting, scoring two runs each in the seventh and eighth – highlighted by Martin Lemus' two-run homerun which tied the game. Justin Moore got the eighth started with a double off reliever Jeremy Holcombe.
The inning before, the Tigers found ways to get on against lefty Thomas Dorminy. He retired 18 of the first 21 batters he faced, but lost a bit of his control in the seventh inning. Lemus reached on an error, but his pinch runner was put out at second on Steven Mancilla's fielder's choice.
Armando Lomeli was hit by a pitch and Edwin Santiago reached on a five-pitch walk to load the bases. GC coach Micah Baumfeld made the call for pinch hitter David Higuera. The California native stepped in and delivered a two-RBI single. GC lined out and flew out ending that rally and set the stage for Lemus' dramatic hit the following inning.
"It's a tough loss, but we've been pretty good when we've put ourselves in difficult situations the past several weeks," Baumfeld said. "We will need to step up, refocus and play each game as it comes now."
The Eagles appeared poised for a solid opening game win after a big third inning.
Tyler Arthur was hanging pitch for pitch with Dorminy, but a couple of errors and hits put four on the board. He walked the first batter, but Lomeli caught the runner too far off first and got the out. The next pitch was a grounder up the middle that was bobbled to put a runner at first. Back-to-back singles broke up the stalemate and then another error scored two more runs. The final run came on a ground out. A high fly ball to left ended the roughest defensive inning for Georgetown.
Shaun Meyer also did a great job on the mound for the Tigers in relief. In two and a third, he scattered four hits and allowed no earned runs with two strikeouts.