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Georgetown College was down to its final gasp as Tyler Fisher faced an 0-2 count with two outs in the top of the ninth and the Tigers trailing St. Catharine, 6-4.
But Fisher delivered a three-run, 375-foot shot over the left-center field fence to stave off elimination in the Mid-South Conference baseball tournament, 7-6. GC opened the double-elimination tournament with a 7-2 loss to Rio Grande.
The Tigers are back in action 7:30 p.m. Friday against the loser of the Rio Grande/Campbellsville game.
GC struggled offensively most of the day. Pete Thackston provided the only run production in the first 16 innings. The first baseman had a two-run homerun in the sixth inning of each game.
But finally in the top of the eighth against the Patriots, the Tigers seemed to be finding a rhythm. The first five Tigers reached safely and trimmed the deficit to 6-3 when Fisher singled in a run.
Thackston was the fifth to the plate and loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Dylan Grandon struck out, but a single by Cameron Allen made it 6-4 with the bases loaded and only one out. Tyler Back pinch hit what appeared to be a sacrifice fly that scored Fisher. However after an appeal by the Patriots to third base, the home plate umpire called Fisher out for leaving the base too early.
Chase Ballinger returned to the hill for the Tigers in what was solid relief pitching. He allowed just one hit with one strikeout and one walk in 2 and 2/3 innings for the win. He worked a quick bottom of the eighth and GC's offense got back to work.
Follow GC's game with live video, mms://svideo.campbellsville.edu/live, and live stats, http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Team/TeamPage.aspx?association=10&sg=MBA&sea=NAIMBA_2010&team=1676.