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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.
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.
Georgetown College baseball hosts a best-of-three series against Cumberland University as the opening round of the Mid-South Conference tournament. First pitch is set for 5 pm today at Robert N. Wilson Field. However, Thursday the league announced the all-conference, gold glove and academic honorees.
The Tigers were solid in the classroom with a league second best 12 student-athletes recognized. Breion Barron, Brandon Calia, Robert Franzen, Ryan Garner, Chris Gilbody, Larkin Heldt, Taylor Morris, Jake Purkins, Blake Schumann, Graham Smith, Steven Whisler and Sean Williams all were sophomores or higher with at least a 3.25 grade point average.
Georgetown College baseball hit it out of the park on Senior Day – literally. The Tigers (30-18) scored most of their runs Friday in a doubleheader with Brescia by way of a homerun. John Shattles got the day started and four more went over the fence as GC won 10-0 and 2-0.
Coming into the day the team had 25, tacking on five more is one-sixth of its season total.
"Pretty impressive day from the plate," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "Senior day is an emotional day to start and then in the spring it is so difficult to know if you will get it in with the weather. We are thankful Brescia could come today and play two and we got this chance to do it right for our seven seniors."
At the time, it appeared frosting on the cake. Sam Medina sent the first pitch in his second at bat deep over the fence in right field. Despite Georgetown College being on cruise control at this juncture, the run served as the game-winner Wednesday against University of Cincinnati-Clermont, 7-3.
The one-out solo home run put the Tigers (28-17) up by four against UCC (21-13) and pitcher Jordan Magers was dominating. The Cougars had been set down in order the first three innings and continued through four and two-thirds. Then a two-out walk ended the perfect game.
In the fifth, a pair of one-out singles ended the no-no and made it interesting when an error extended the inning. However, an RBI single to right had the visitors a bit greedy as they sent a runner all the way around from first. A perfect cutoff by Larkin Heldt led to an out at the plate. When the dust settled it was 4-3.
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