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The season might be over, but the accolades continue to pour in for Georgetown College baseball. With the 2014 Avista World Series officially wrapping up Friday, the NAIA announced Monday morning the All-Americans.
Georgetown has two representatives – Martin Lemus and Tyler Arthur.
"It's an honor and a tribute to the respect this program is garnering to have two players on the All-American list," GC coach Micah Baumfeld said.
For the first time since 1987, Georgetown had a player on the first team list – Lemus. The senior from Lawndale, Calif., finished his career with a school season-record setting 13 homeruns, including a two-run shot at the world series.
Lewiston, Idaho – Emotional highs and lows can be very difficult for athletes. Some of that might have taken a toll on the No. 5 Tigers against Southern Polytechnic State University.
Georgetown College baseball dug another hole, erased the deficit, but did not have enough left in the tank to finish the comeback and stay alive at the 2014 Avista NAIA World Series.
"It has been a long and tough couple of weeks," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "I'm proud of my guys for the way they fought to get us here and fought in each of these games we had here. As a coach there is nothing more I can ask of them. We've built on each success we've had since winning our first MSC Tournament title three years ago and I don't expect anything less.
"These seniors have made what we did in 2012 a tradition and now it is up to these underclassmen to carry that banner and to fight to get back here next year. Our expectations are high."
Lewiston, Idaho – Georgetown College baseball has shown a lot of resiliency this postseason. The No. 5 Tigers (49-10) have rallied twice out of consolation brackets to advance to and force the if-necessary championship game.
They will need to do so again in the 2014 Avista NAIA World Series following a 5-4 setback to defending national champion Faulkner University (50-14) Friday.
Georgetown plays Southern Polytechnic Institution noon EST Saturday.
The Eagles used a single and an errant throw to be on second with one out in the ninth. This set up Luis Sanchez walk-off single to end the game.
From Little League to the Major Leagues – MLB – every level has a world series. For the NAIA it is the Avista NAIA Baseball World Series.
"It has always been a dream of mine to play in a world series at any level," said Georgetown College senior Justin Moore.
His dream came true this past Thursday when the No. 5 Tigers won four games in 29 hours, three in back-to-back-to-back fashion, to be one of 10 teams in Lewiston, Idaho – the site of the 2014 Avista NAIA Baseball World Series.
There are several ways to follow Georgetown as the trek to a national title begins Friday. GC faces Faulkner University 3 pm EST Friday. Follow GCAthletics on twitter for in-game updates. Live stats are available here. A paid video link is here. A free audio broadcast is here.
If the Tigers advance to the semifinals all remaining games will be available on ESPN3.
Marion, Ind. – Battling weather, errors, mental mistakes and an outing that had them in the consolation bracket from day one certainly tested the metal of Georgetown College baseball. The team passed all difficulties with flying colors and for only the program's second time booked a date to the NAIA World Series.
Georgetown won the championship of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round final 11-4 over Mount Vernon Nazarene University. GC has not been to the World Series since 1988. Play runs May 23-30 in Lewiston, Idaho.
The No. 5 Tigers (46-9) needed at least 27 innings of baseball on the final day of opening round play – no mercy-run rule games allowed. They took care of business with a double-digit win of game one over Spring Arbor University – the team that knocked them into the consolation bracket. GC then needed to beat Mount Vernon Nazarene twice. The first one was a rally win, but Georgetown left nothing to chance in final championship game.