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Andrew Paz is mobbed in the dugout after his two RBI double. Photo by Richard Davis
Andrew Paz is mobbed in the dugout after his two RBI double. Photo by Richard Davis
Baseball - Fri, Apr. 28, 2017

Georgetown College baseball stayed the course and took care of business. In a best of three series, the Tigers (31-17) took game one over Cumberland University (26-28) when the flood gates opened in the sixth. Nick Giambalvo led off with a double and three more hits scored four runs. Michael Conrad finished off a gem of a game and handed it to Michael Koltak to slam the door.

Conrad earned his eighth win and Koltak is sixth save in a 4-1 win at Robert N. Wilson Field. The two teams play 1 pm Saturday with the if-necessary slated for 4 pm.

Andrew Paz's two-RBI double proved to be the game winning hit when the Phoenix were able to manufacture a run in the ninth as a last gasp.

Conrad worked out of jams early, stranding four CU runners in the first two innings. He then went on shutdown mode, setting down 16 of the next 19 hitters. He ran into some base runners in each of the fifth and eighth innings but worked out of it. Back-to-back singles in the eighth were squelched when a pass ball actually picked off a Phoenix runner and the next hitter flew out.

His most impressive and important inning might have been in the top of the sixth. Georgetown stranded three runners and a lot of energy and momentum in the bottom of the fifth. However, Conrad helped to keep the tide in the Tigers favor with a pop out, a strike out and a ground out. He finished the game scattering four hits and striking out six.

GC used the solid defensive work to get back to hitting, batting around in the bottom of the sixth. John Shattles followed Giambalvo with a bunt that turned into a fielder's choice everyone safe. Ryan Garner showed bunt a few times then cranked an RBI double to left center. He and Shattles scored on Paz's double. Taylor Morris, courtesy running for Paz, scored on Rodnee Little's RBI single.

Sean Williams led from the plate, going 3-for-5. Brandon Benson was 2-for-3 and Giambalvo 2-for-4.


 

 
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