Georgetown, Ky. – Shawnee State baseball opened the conference schedule on Thursday evening, playing a doubleheader at Georgetown. The Bears defeated the Tigers 2-1 in extra innings in game one, and fell 4-3 in game two.
Shawnee State would open the scoring in game one, when Brandon Reaman (SR/Dayton, Ohio)'s single to center was misplayed by Sam Medina. Blake Marshall (SO/Lexington, Ky.) would score on the play. Georgetown would tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, when Kyle Jackson would drive in Ryan Garner with two outs.
After a scoreless seventh, the game would go to extra innings. Shawnee State would score the winning run in the top of the ninth with small ball. Chase Thurber (SO/Andover, Ohio) would single and be run for by Chris Nunez (FR/Sunrise, Florida). Brady Knittel (JR/West Portsmouth, Ohio) would bunt Nunez to second, and he would reach third on a groundout by Sam Gerhold (JR/Shelton, Washington). Mike Watson (JR/Niles, Ohio) would then hit an unplayable grounder toward the pitcher, and Nunez would score on the infield single. Brady Knittel would close the game with a scoreless bottom of the ninth to seal the win for Shawnee State.
Game two would start with both teams scoring a run in the second inning. Mike Watson would single home Nick Rose (SO/Olentangy, Ohio) in the top of the fourth to give the Bears a 2-1 lead, but Georgetown would score two on Alex Corna's double in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. The Tigers would score an insurance run in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead into the top of the seventh.
The Bears would mount a rally in the top of the seventh. Matt Dvorscak (JR/Whiting, Ind.) would single with one out, and pinch hitter JT Boggs (JR/South Shore, Ky.) would reach on an error to put two on with one out. Cameron Reaman (FR/Dayton, Ohio) would replace Boggs as a pinch-runner, and both runners would advance a base on a balk. Cameron's brother Brandon would walk in the at-bat to load the bases. Grant VanLiew (SR/Holt, Mich.) would walk one batter later to drive in Dvorscak and make the score 4-3. However, the Tigers would get Nick Rose to pop out and Chase Thurber to hit into a fielder's choice to clinch the win.
The split puts Shawnee State at 5-15, and 1-1 in the Mid-South Conference. Georgetown move to 15-6, and are also 1-1.
Shawnee State and Georgetown conclude their series this afternoon with one game. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00pm.