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Georgetown celebrates advancing to next weekend's MSC tournament final round. Photo by Richard Davis
Georgetown celebrates advancing to next weekend's MSC tournament final round. Photo by Richard Davis
Baseball - Sat, Apr. 29, 2017

It was a wild and wacky affair at times, a two-run home run that resulted in one run, a couple of interference calls that curtailed opportunities, bases loaded squandered, but in the end Georgetown College baseball showed poise and composure in game two of the best of three series. The Tigers (32-17) rallied in the fourth inning, beating Cumberland University (26-29) 3-1. The victory was a sweep of the series and punched GC's ticket to next weekend's completion of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.

Trailing 1-0, Sam Medina led the bottom of the fourth with his only hit of the series – a double. Nick Giambalvo simply wanted to advance him to third with a sacrifice bunt. However, CU's Hector Morales dropped the ball allowing Giambalvo to reach safely. Then Medina used his speed to try and capitalize on the confusion and Morales threw the ball wide. The two errors resulted in a tie game and Giambalvo safely at second. Two outs later and Giambalvo just 90 feet from home plate, Andrew Paz stepped up to bat. The catcher provided the winning hit again. His single scored Giambalvo.

The Tigers added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.

Offensively, Georgetown had things rolling early with a one-out single by Brandon Benson. He stole second on a strike out, but Rodnee Little was called for hitter's interference to end the inning. This happened again only runner's interference gave the Phoenix an unusually double play and ended the third inning.

However, with pitcher Breion Barron on a roll, those seemed insignificant heading to the top of the fourth.

Raydon Sierra was the only visitor to touch Barron, hitting a single in the first inning. With one out, he did the same in the fourth. MSC Player of the Year Austin Krajnak, who had been relatively quiet was now up to bat. The senior stepped into the box with 20 home runs on the season, three against GC pitchers back in mid-March. He drilled a pitch to deep center. Sam Medina tracked back, leapt at the wall, reached over but did not get it. Sierra, watching Medina, stayed in his position midway between first and second. Krajnak rounded first and confidently headed to second passing his lead runner. The violation led to Krajnak being called out and only Sierra's run counting at the plate – the only run CU got.

Barron worked a fairly flawless game, striking out 10 – six of the first nine he faced. He battled through eight innings and late showed grit in working out of a bases loaded top of the eighth to keep GC in front. After intentionally walking Krajnak to load the bases, Barron struck out Austin Voeller looking.

Jordan Magers pitched the ninth, allowing one hit and striking out one to close the book on Cumberland's season.

Georgetown's first game opponent Friday in Bowling Green, Ky. is yet to be determined. If the top seeds all win their series this weekend, GC as the fourth seed would face top seeded Campbellsville University. However, should University of Pikeville or Shawnee State University pull off an upset, GC would move into the second game of the day Friday. Details to follow at the conclusion of SSU and University of the Cumberlands' series Sunday.


 

 
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