GEORGETOWN, Ky. – The Shawnee State baseball team could not overcome the lack of offense with strong pitching performances dropping both games against Mid-South Conference foe Georgetown Tigers. The Bears (24-22, 6-12) lost the opening game 9-2 before dropping the series finale 2-0 for a Tigers (25-13, 12-6) weekend sweep.
In game one, the Bears struggled at the plate managing only two hits in the game. The struggles were in-large part because of Tigers starting pitcher Tyler Arthur – who through eight complete innings.
After going scoreless through the first four innings the Bears scored twice in the top of the fifth inning. After Mitchell Lendenski and Todd Queener reached base Tyler Bice's ground ball forced a wild throw to give Shawnee State their first run of the game.
However, the Bears weren't finished. Colin Keim followed Bice with a deep fly ball to left center field for a sacrifice fly ball to give Shawnee State a 2-1 lead.
Georgetown would then answer by erasing the deficit by scoring eight runs over the final four innings to claim the series. Cody Spires and Bice were the only two Bears to get hits in the game as Shawnee State's last hit coming in the fourth inning. The Tigers out hit the Bears 12-to-2 in the ball game.
Shawnee State countered Arthur's pitching performance with Sluberski. Sluberski (2-3) threw 5.2 innings allowing four runs on eight hits in the losing effort. Brandon Bonar, Bryan Sharkey and Spires also saw time on the hill for the Bears.
In game two, Shawnee State got another quality start on the mound. Esposito, who made his 10th start of the season, tossed six innings allowing two runs on seven hits. However, with Esposito rolling on the mound his counterpart was doing the same.
Tigers starting pitcher Shaun Meyer threw a complete game allowing only four hits as the Bears struggled to find a rhythm at the plate.
Dusitn Bickmeyer,who had three hits on the weekend, went 2-for-3 at the plate in the second game. Brady Hightchew and Bice each had one hit for the Shawnee State.
The Bears will return home on Tuesday, April 9 to take on Berea College at Branch Rickey Park before going back on the road in a MSC Conference affair with University of Pikeville.