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Georgetown College baseball shifted gears this weekend with the cold and snow in Kentucky. The Tigers canceled a home series and traveled to Mississippi for three games with the Crusaders of William Carey University.
In game one Friday, WCU was red hot, scoring all of its runs in the first four innings of a 9-5 setback. GC (4-2) never laid down, rallying several times and even got within a run. However, the team stranded six and could never get on rhythm from the mound.
Joe Fernandez gave up six runs on six hits in three innings. Cody Maples came in during the bottom of the fourth. He got back-to-back Crusaders (2-3) to ground out before a two-out, three-run rally capped off the home team's scoring.
Milligan College exploded in a third of an inning against Roman Davalos and avoided the weekend sweep. The Buffaloes (1-3) scored five runs, adding the winning runs in the third on their way to an 8-5 victory.
The Tigers (3-1) coach Micah Baumfeld had seen enough as three hits had plated five earned runs with just one out in that span. He pulled his starter and it was pitch-by-committee from there. He used a total of five pitchers, the final two each throwing two full innings.
Georgetown got as close as a run when the visitors scored twice in the second and twice more in the third. Unfortunately, Milligan responded back with two of its own in the bottom of the third.
Getting production from the lead-off spot is extremely helpful in offensive production in baseball. Georgetown College baseball's Robert Longtree provided hit after hit Saturday in the opener of a doubleheader.
The junior went 3-for-4 from the plate with a run scored as the Tigers (3-0) scored four runs in the first four innings, holding on for a 4-3 victory.
It was a two-run fourth that gave the visitors a third straight win over Milligan College (0-3).
Nicholas Lugo reached on a bunt single and eventually came around on Longtree's single added by a bobble by Bryan Soto. Longtree scored the winning run off a Kyle Jackson single.
Robert Longtree was hit by the second pitch of game two and scored on a double play for the only run Georgetown College baseball needed. The Tigers (2-0) tacked on several insurance runs to beat Milligan College (0-2) 5-0.
Joe Fernandez pitched a solid game from the mound, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits in the complete-game, shutout win.
In the top of the first, things looked very promising for the visitors. Longtree and Kyle Jackson reached, setting up designated hitter Hector Marmol. The junior went 4-for-5 in game one, but with no outs and two on lined into a double play. His hard hit was straight at the Buffaloes second baseman, who recovered to catch Jackson off at first base. This allowed time for the speedy Longtree to tag and score.
Georgetown College baseball blew open a pitcher's duel in the fourth inning against Milligan College. The Tigers (1-0) had four runs on four hits to help build a cushion in a 9-5 win that opens the 2016 season.
Nicholas Lugo tagged his first home run in Orange and Black with a two-run shot that put the visitors up for good. Trey Gross started the inning with a single and when a bunt attempt to advance him went awry, Lugo stepped in with one out. He hit a 2-1 count to deep left center for a 4-3 GC advantage.
Chaz Meadows reached on an error and came around on a double down the left field line by Kyle Jackson. Hector Marmol followed with an RBI double to score Jackson for a 6-3 advantage.
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