The Shawnee State University baseball program dropped the rubber match of its three-game set against Georgetown, falling 6-3 to the Tigers in Georgetown, Ky.

The Bears took the lead in the third inning as Shawnee State plated two runs on a two-run homer by Brandon Reaman. However, Shawnee State was not able to hold the lead as Georgetown scored three in the bottom of the third, with the big blow being Sam Medina’s two-run triple. Georgetown scored two more in the bottom of the fourth, and another in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Watson scored on a passed ball in the top of the ninth, but Shawnee State could not muster any more runs.

Kyle Fieger threw seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits to get the win for Georgetown. Kyle Warner allowed five runs on five hits, striking out five to get hit with the loss.

With the loss, Shawnee State fell to 5-16 and is 1-2 in the Mid-South Conference. Georgetown improves to 16-6 and is 2-1 in the league.

Despite the 5-16 record, Shawnee State has been vastly close in a number of its affairs for the 2017 season. Five of their losses have come by a single run, with three of its five losses coming to opponents that are receiving votes or are ranked. A dozen of their 16 losses have come to opponents that are ranked or receiving votes during the 2017 campaign.

At the plate, Chase Thurber leads the team in batting average with a .297 tally. The sophomore from Andover, Ohio leads the team in hits (19), stolen bases (three), on-base percentage (.366), OPS (.804) and is tied for the team lead in doubles (six). Thurber also sits second on the squad with eight RBI and has not committed an error in 90 defensive chances.

Fellow Ohio slugger Brandon Reaman sits third on the unit in batting average (.254) and second on the unit in hits, with 16. In addition to not committing a single error in 54 defensive chances, the sophomore from Dayton, Ohio paces the squad in home runs (two), RBI (12), and slugging percentage (.444) and is also tied with Thurber for the team lead in doubles while sitting first on the club with seven walks. Reaman is second on the unit in on-base percentage (.351), OPS (.795), and runs (eight).

On the pitching staff, Tyler Straley heads the ballclub with his 2.93 earned-run-average. The junior from Uniontown, Ohio has struck out 11 batters, walked only two, and has not allowed a home run in 75 batters faced. Wheelersburg’s Derek Moore, West’s Brady Knittel, and Grayson (Ky.) East Carter’s Jesse James are among the main figures in the SSU rotation.

Shawnee State returns to action next Wednesday, March 15th when they host Bluefield College (Va.) at Branch Rickey Park. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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