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Shawn Kennedy pitched a solid game Thursday. Photo by Richard Davis
Shawn Kennedy pitched a solid game Thursday. Photo by Richard Davis
Baseball - Fri, Apr. 29, 2016

The rematch of Shawn Kennedy against Erik Barron was very different. Kennedy still threw a gem for Georgetown College baseball, but Barron was equally as untouchable this time leading to a thrilling Mid-South Conference Tournament Opening Series game one.

Cumberland University came to Georgetown for a best of three and started with a ninth inning rally and win. Ryan Dickison started it with a lead-of double for the Phoenix (31-25). The Tigers (30-23) defense was prepared for a bunt and played it perfectly. Chaz Meadows fielded it and caught Dickison charging for home. The senior came up firing to Jalen Poindexter. Dickison slammed on the breaks, but seemed to be an easy out until Poindexter mishandled the ball and everyone was safe.

The next batter ground out to Damian Rutherford for runners at second and third. Josh Croft safely reached on an error, setting the stage for the game winning hit. Tyler Yorko hit a two-RBI single. The Tigers were held, but the damage was done.

Robert Longtree had a one-out single, but was stranded to end the game.

Barron scattered three hits over nine innings with five strikeouts and just two walks. Kennedy went eight innings, giving up eight hits and allowing two runs. He struck out three and walked one.

GC's defense also played well through the first eight innings, turning several double plays to end threats. The biggest came in the top of the sixth when CU got two of its first three hitters on with singles. A lightning delay momentarily stalled the game, but the next hitter sent a hopper down first base line. Rutherford made the play, fired to second for an out. Chaz Meadows sent it back to him for the double play and the end of the inning.

The Phoenix stranded five before finally pushing across runs in the ninth.

Georgetown now must take both games Friday in order to advance to next weekend's tournament finale in Bowling Green, Ky. Action starts at 3 pm.




 

 
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