GEORGETOWN, Ky. (Baseball) – Mason Wisner (SR/Bay Village, Ohio) lifted a single to left field to plate Matt Dvorscak (FR/Whiting, Ind.) in the Bears' final at-bat of the weekend, as Shawnee State snuck past Georgetown College with a 6-5 victory to salvage a Mid-South Conference three-game set with a win in game three.
Earlier in the day, Georgetown never trailed despite a wild, high-scoring affair that saw the Tigers take the series with a 10-7 win. The home squad won the opening game of the set Friday evening.
In game one on Saturday, the Tigers jumped out to a five-run advantage in the opening two frames, touching up SSU starter Cody Strayer (JR/Worthington, Ohio) for a pair of runs in just a third of an inning. The junior right-hander allowed just two hits, but hit four batters in his short appearance on the hill, taking the loss in the game.
Already with a 2-0 lead after one frame, Georgetown added three more in the second as Steven Mancilla ripped a two-out double to plate a pair of runs, and scored one batter later on a single from Jovan Hernandez.
GC tacked on one more run in the fourth before Shawnee State finally got on the board with a run in the fifth. Mike Watson (FR/Niles, Ohio) began things with a one-out single, and scored when Travis Bingham (FR/Versailles, Ky.) tripled in the next at-bat.
The Tigers regained that run in the bottom of the frame and tacked on two more in the sixth, seemingly putting the game out of reach at 9-1 after six complete. Following a scoreless seventh by both teams, things got interesting.
Shawnee State vaulted right back into the game with a six run eighth inning, despite just four hits in the frame. Following back-to-back walks from Alex Shears (SO/Lucasville, Ohio) and Blake Maines (SO/Burlington, Ky.) to open the inning and a passed ball to advance the runners, Conner Wilson (JR/San Diego, Calif.) opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Wisner followed with an RBI single, Dalton Tinsley (SR/Kokomo, Ind.) singled and Drew Haislop (SO/Oak Hill, Ohio) loaded the bases with a walk. Mauro Olivarria (JR/San Diego, Calif.) added a pinch hit single to plate two more runs, and Andrew Vanthournout (FR/Bowling Green, Ky.) grounded out to score one more. Mitchell Lendenski (JR/Loveland, Ohio) capped the inning with a two-out RBI to plate Olivarria, cutting the gap to 9-7.
Georgetown added a run in the bottom of the eighth, and Craig Ramsey worked around two free passes in the ninth to earn the save and give the Tigers the series.
In game two – with SSU looking to avoid a conference sweep – the Bears jumped out with a three-run first inning to take an early lead. With runners on first and second, Wilson cleared the bases with a double, and scored on a single from Wisner.
The home club cut into that lead with a run in the first, and the two squads traded runs in the third, with SSU scoring on a single from Haislop.
In the bottom of the fifth, Georgetown tied up the contest as Mancilla singled with one out and a pair of runners aboard, evening the game at 4-4. Again in the sixth, the two squads traded runs to lock the score at 5-all with an inning to play.
In the final frame, Wilson led off the inning with a single, and was replaced by Dvorscak to pinch run. Dvorscak moved to second on a stolen base, and advance to third when the throw eluded the GC second baseman. Wisner followed with the eventual game-winner.
In the bottom of the frame, Waters closed the door, working around a two-out hit batter to put the contest away, earning the save. Brandon Bonar (JR/Chillicothe, Ohio) got the victory in 0.2 innings of relief. Mike Watson went 5.1 frames, surrendering five runs on seven hits in the no-decision.
The Bears were originally slated for a non-conference set with Bluefield College on Tuesday, but it has since been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. The next game on the schedule is a Mid-South Conference double-header with Lindsey Wilson College on Friday.
SSU will bring the regular season to a close with a single contest against the Blue Raiders on Saturday at noon. The game will represent Senior Day at Branch Rickey Park.