In the second day of the Mid-South Conference Tournament the Shawnee State Bears fell to the Tigers of Georgetown College in the winner's bracket. A day after the Bears beat St. Catharine's and Rio Grande, Shawnee State will have to claw back to the championship game through the loser's bracket after falling 4-2.
The Tigers jumped on starting pitcher Carter Bledsoe (Tulsa, OK) early in the ballgame. Georgetown got their leadoff batter to reach on a walk and after an error the Bears were in trouble with Tigers on first and third base.
Georgetown scored first on a sharp ground ball hit to Xander Uxley (Pickerington, OH) to take an early 1-0 advantage. Shawnee State had a few key plays defensively early on from Adam Wamsley (Wheelersburg, OH) keeping the game within reach.
Shawnee State's Danny Gesick (Pickerington, OH) doubled down the right field line to start the bottom half of the inning. Colin Keim (Clinton, OH) followed with a single up the middle to score Gesick. The back-to-back hits tied the game at 1-1.
Georgetown would then go on to score a run in consecutive innings off Bledsoe extending their lead to 3-1. Bledsoe finished the day throwing four innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits.
Freshman, Brandon Boyd (Flatwoods, KY) came in relief and threw and impressive 4.1 innings allowing zero runs on four hits. Boyd continued to toss up zeros on the scoreboard keeping the Bears within three runs.
Matt Jones (Greenup, KY) came off the bench in the bottom of the eight and singled up the middle breaking a hitless streak since the third inning when Quentin Everman (Galloway, OH) had a single to left field.
After Cody Spires (Lancaster, OH) reached on a fielder's choice and both Everman and Gesick reached on walks to load the bases, the Tigers brought in closer Chad Richie.
Richie who has 10 saves on the season and a 0.54 ERA walked Keim to help the Bears cut the lead to 4-2. However, Richie got Wamsley to ground out limiting any damage Shawnee State had in mind.
In their last at-bats Shawnee State could not get a hit as the Tigers advanced to the MSC Championship Game.
Shawnee State will have to play the winner of the Lindsey Wilson/UVa-Wise game that will be determined in the 8:00 p.m. scheduled game. The Bears will play tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. in an elimination game with the winner advancing to take on Georgetown in the MSC Championship game at Tigers Field at Campbellsville University.