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Michael Koltak and Andrew Paz talk pitches during the seventh. Photo by David Gerhart
Michael Koltak and Andrew Paz talk pitches during the seventh. Photo by David Gerhart
Baseball - Sat, May 6, 2017

The flood gates opened in the wrong direction and Georgetown College baseball got caught swimming upstream in an elimination game Saturday. University of Pikeville trailed by one with two outs in the seventh of the Mid-South Conference tournament in Bowling Green, Ky. With both teams' postseason futures on the line, the Bears claws came out. However, GC with its back to the wall swatted with all its might, coming up one run short of a rally for extra innings, 13-12.

Pikeville (27-23) started the top of the seventh with a leadoff walk. A wild pitch advanced him to second, but two outs seemed to make it another routine inning in a 2-1 game. A two-out double tied it, and it was all downhill from there. UPike scored 12 runs off 10 hits (all with two outs), knocked four pitchers from the game – three that did not record an out – and in a crazy twist needed every one of those runs.

Georgetown (32-19) sent 13 batters to the plate, scored 10 runs in the bottom of the ninth and were a swing away from erasing that devastating seventh inning. Ryan Viramontes highlighted the inning with a three-run home run for a 13-12 game, but the Bears pitching finally came through and closed the door with a strikeout.

Six of GC's 10 hits came in that final at bat, while knocking two pitchers from the game (one that recorded no outs). Shortstop Brandon Sewell stepped in, got a fielder's choice, gave up the home run and then struck out Diego Perez.

The Tigers, who struggled to hit in game one against University of the Cumberlands, came out on fire. With one out in the bottom of the first, back-to-back singles had Georgetown in business. However, Pikeville worked out of the jam and then worked out of a second inning, one out, bases loaded situation to keep the game scoreless.

This did not deter GC, which scored twice in the third inning and looked primed for the elimination championship game with Breion Barron dealing on the mound. He cruised through six and two-thirds innings with the only blip to that point being a run in the fifth inning. Barron had scattered four hits, walked two, the second being the leadoff of the damaging seventh, and struck out three. However, with a double by Brandon Sewell, Barron's day started to unravel. An intentional walk and an RBI single made it 3-2. Coach Micah Baumfeld went to the bullpen, knowing his team needed this win.

Jordan Magers came in, faced two batters for two hits and two runs. Michael Koltak stepped in next. He gave up an RBI double, then an error on the infield allowed the inning to continue. Koltak faced two more batters, but could not record the elusive third out.

Steven Whisler tried next, but a triple, two singles, a hit batter and a walk forced him from the game. Logan Brown stepped in a final shut the door on the disastrous seventh inning.

Georgetown now waits to learn if the season as a whole was a solid enough case to receive an at-large bid for the upcoming NAIA National Tournament Opening Round host sites. This will be announced Thursday afternoon.


 

 
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