The Shawnee State baseball program opened its conference schedule on Thursday evening by playing a doubleheader at Georgetown and came away with mixed results, as the Bears defeated the Tigers 2-1 in extra innings in the opening tilt, and fell 4-3 in the following affair.
Shawnee State opened the scoring in game one, when Brandon Reaman’s single to center was misplayed by Sam Medina. Blake Marshall scored on the play. Georgetown answered back and tied the scored the game in the bottom of the sixth, as Kyle Jackson drove in Ryan Garner with two outs.
After a scoreless seventh, the game would go to extra innings. Shawnee State scored the winning run in the top of the ninth via hit-and-run tactics. Chase Thurber singled and Chris Nunez came in to pinch-run. Brady Knittel bunted Nunez to second, and the latter reached third base on a groundout by Sam Gerhold. Mike Watson then followed with an unplayable grounder toward the pitcher, and Nunez scored on the infield single to give the Bears the lead. Brady Knittel closed the game with a scoreless bottom of the ninth to seal the win for Shawnee State.
The second contest started with both teams scoring a run in the second inning. Mike Watson singled home Nick Rose in the top of the fourth to give the Bears a 2-1 lead, but Georgetown scored two on Alex Corna’s double in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. The Tigers then scored an insurance run in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead into the top of the seventh.
The Bears, however, mounted a really. With one out on the scoreboard, Matt Dvorscak singled and pinch hitter JT Boggs would reach on an error to put two on with one out. Cameron Reaman then replaced Boggs as a pinch-runner, and both runners advanced a base on a balk. Cameron’s brother Brandon then followed by drawing a walk in the same at-bat to load the bases, and Grant VanLiew followed the latter Reaman up by drawing a second walk to drive in Dvorscak and close the gap to a 4-3 margin. However, the Tigers would get Nick Rose to pop out and Chase Thurber hit into a fielder’s choice to clinch the victory.
The split puts Shawnee State at 5-15 and 1-1 in the Mid-South Conference. Georgetown is 15-6, and also holds a 1-1 mark in conference play.
Shawnee State and Georgetown concluded their series on Friday afternoon with a series-deciding tilt at 1 p.m.