PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Baseball) – Shawnee State was just four outs from a series-clinching victory against Georgetown College on Sunday afternoon, but surrendered seven runs – all with two outs – in the eighth inning en route to a 12-8 defeat at the hands of the Tigers to close out the regular season slate at Branch Rickey Park.
The Bears jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first three innings, thanks in part to their own two-out rally in the third. With the score tied, 2-2, SSU sent seven hitters to the plate, all seven reaching in some capacity. The Bears collected four hits, two walks and a hit batter all with two outs, plating six runs in the frame.
Georgetown crept back into the game with a two-run fourth, but were unable to do any real damage until the eighth. In that frame, two-out lightning struck once again.
After James West (FR/Englewood, Ohio) retired the first two batters of the frame, a combination of Bears' pitchers surrendered seven hits and a walk, as the Tigers plated seven runs to take a three-run advantage, 11-8. GC added another run in the ninth for good measure.
Conner Wilson (SR/San Diego, Calif.) went 2-for-3 on the day, knocking in a pair of runs and scoring another. Austin Hall (SR/Wheelersburg, Ohio) also knocked in a pair of runs, while Matt Dvorscak (SO/Whiting, Ind.) was 2-for-4 at the dish with a couple of runs scored.
In total, Shawnee State sent seven pitchers to the bump in a bullpen day. Brandon Bonar (SR/Chillicothe, Ohio) was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs on five hits during the seven-run eighth. Dylan Lyster (FR/Freeport, Texas) and Andrew Schackart (FR/Portsmouth, Ohio) were the only two pitchers not to allow at least one run.
Shawnee State now turns focus to the opening round of the Mid-South Conference Championships, as the Bears will travel to Campbellsville University for a three-game set with the Tigers. The best-of-three winner will advance to the four-team knockout round of the tournament in Bowling Green, Ky., the following weekend.
SSU and Campbellsville are set for a pair of games Friday – beginning at 2 p.m. – with an if necessary game scheduled for Saturday.