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Georgetown College baseball lost a pitchers' duel Thursday morning in the Mid-South Conference consolation bracket, ending the 2015 season. The Tigers (18-18) managed just two hits against Dalton Dahley and a couple of errors gave the Bears (16-27) the 2-0 victory.
GC might have had a lot of wind taken out of the team's sail following the first at-bat. Trailing 1-0, Steven Mancilla hit a shot to right field that had homerun potential. Connor Osborne tracked it, caught it and immediately slammed into the bullpen fence. The right fielder lay motionless as the next few tense moments passed.
The phenominal play robbed the Tigers of a sure extra base hit and made even in the park homerun. Thankfully Osborne left giving the thumbs up and maybe a little extra emotional boost to his teammates who had yet to win an MSC game.
Georgetown College baseball had no answer in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference tournament Wednesday against Cumberland University. The Tigers (18-17) gave up two runs in each of the first four innings on their way to a 14-2 setback.
The loss drops them into the consolation bracket where they will have to rally out for a chance to advance to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.
The Bulldogs (19-29) used 15 hits and knocked starting pitcher Tyler Arthur from the game after three innings. Georgetown stopped the first inning rally and even cut the deficit in half when Duran Elmore led off with a double and Steven Mancilla's sacrifice bunt scored the speedy outfielder.
Georgetown College baseball begins postseason play 1 pm EST Wednesday in a rematch with Cumberland University. The two teams finished up the Mid-South Conference regular season action this past weekend with the Tigers taking two of the three games. The tournament is being played at Bowling Green Park in Bowling Green, Ky. Follow live audio here and live stats here.
These were also the two teams that battled for the tournament crown a season ago and then both advanced to the national tournament opening rounds and eventually the World Series.
"Cumberland is a very solid team and extremely tough in postseason," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "Our journey starts with them, which I think will prepare us for a really great tournament."
Georgetown College baseball started the final Mid-South Conference weekend series strong with a pair of wins over Cumberland University. The Tigers (18-15, 11-8) rallied for a 6-4 win of game one and then cruised 4-1 in the nightcap.
The two wins secure GC the fourth seed of the upcoming league tournament starting April 29 in Bowling Green, Ky.
A one-out single by Tanner Unkel got the ninth inning of a 4-4 game started for Georgetown. He scored on an RBI double from David Higuera, who moved to third as the Bulldogs (17-28, 8-10) tried to get Unkel out at the plate. Higuera came in off Michael Encinas' RBI single for the final margin of victory.
Georgetown College baseball series with Cumberland University has been shifted to a doubleheader Friday and single game Saturday. Both day's first pitch is set for 2 pm EST on Friday and 1 pm EST Saturday.
The Tigers are sitting in fourth place in the league with a chance to move into third should they sweep the Bulldogs and Lindsey Wilson College get swept by Shawnee State.
GC games with CU can be tracked through http://portal.stretchinternet.com/cu/.