By CAMERON NIXON
The Tigers got a step closer and then took a step back in their hope for a bid to the NAIA national tournament over the weekend, winning one game against Cumberland University and falling to the University of Rio Grande in the Mid-South Conference Tournament. They won 7-2 against Cumberland University and lost 6-2 against Rio-Grande. With two losses, the other one against St. Catharine’s college, the Tigers were forced out of the tournament.
Against Cumberland University’s Bulldogs, the Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the first, which was enough for the win, given Tyler Arthur’s hot pitching. Yet they were able to get four more over the course of the game. Martin Lemus hit his second homerun of the tournament and had two hits in the game. Justin Moore, Ryan Serrato and EJ Murray each also had multiple hits in the win. Tyler Arthur pitched a gem, striking out 11 in the game.
Georgetown struggled, getting only eight hits and stranding nine. TC O’Neal was the only player in the game from Georgetown with multiple hits, while three players had multiple for University of Rio Grande’s Red Storm. Rio Grande’s pitcher David Steele had seven strikeouts and the Tigers started out rough. They’ll play Campbellsville in the finale of the elimination bracket.
After winning the Mid-South Conference Tournament last year, the Tigers now have to wait for the tournament to end and find out what happens in hopes for a bid in the NAIA National Tournament regional play.