By Kaitlin Fahey
Over Easter weekend, students received an email announcing that the Georgetown College baseball team had won their first-ever regular season Mid-South Conference title. The announcement came after the second game of a three-game series at home against Campbellsville University. With a 7-6 win from Friday already under their belt, the team clinched the title with a 13-6 victory on Saturday afternoon and then went on to win the second Saturday game, which was also a celebration of Senior Day, and sweep the series.
Friday’s game remained close all the way through, with Georgetown slightly trailing Campbellsville going into the bottom of the eighth. The GC Tigers were able to score four runs in that inning, putting them ahead of their opponents by two. Though Campbellsville scored one run in the ninth inning, it was not enough to catch up, and Georgetown claimed the victory.
During the early afternoon on Saturday, both teams took the field again. The bottom of the fifth inning was extremely significant for Georgetown, as five runs were scored in this inning, including a grand slam from Edwin Santiago. The team played the later innings from a more defensive standpoint, and the final score clinched the regular-season title.
“It is a bit unreal, but these guys work hard all year long and this has been our goal,” Head Coach Micah Baumfeld said of the title, adding, “It is extra special to do this on senior day and make it one more memory for so many guys who have made this transition possible.” (georgetowncollegeathletics.com)
Baumfield has been leading the team as head coach for three and a half years. During this time, the Tigers have won their first MSC tournament, been ranked the highest they have ever been ranked and now boast their first regular season title.
Senior Day was celebrated in between the two games on Saturday, with college President M. Dwaine Greene, a former college baseball player, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Seven seniors were recognized including Martin Lemus, Clay Hall, Sean Meyer, Justin Moore, Javier Saenz, Edwin Santiago and Brett Smith.
To add to the Tigers’ accomplishments, junior Brian Barry was named MSC Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 14.
The Tigers will finish out regular season play against the University of Pikeville with a three-game away series this weekend. The Mid-South Conference tournament play will begin on May 1, with opponents and playing times to be announced.