Game three of series on Sunday
GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College baseball team split a Mid-South Conference doubleheader with Georgetown (Ky.) College today at Robert Wilson Field.
Lindsey Wilson (12-7, 3-2 in the MSC) won the opener 2-0 on the strength of the arm of Daniel Pulliam but dropped the nightcap 4-3 to the host Tigers (17-3, 2-3).
Pulliam hurled a complete-game shutout to give the Blue Raiders the game one win in the three-game weekend series. Pulliam scattered 10 hits over his nine innings to pick up his second win of the season. He finished the game with four strikeouts.
While Pulliam provided stellar pitching, three Blue Raiders ended with multiple-hit games.
Adam Peacock led the team with three hits while Manuel Alonso and Drew Barrett had two hits each.
Pulliam and Georgetown starting pitcher Jason McGinnis -- who also threw a complete game -- were locked in a pitcher's duel until the Blue Raiders scored the game's first run in the top of sixth inning.
Alonso led off the inning with a single and moved around to third base with a pair of bunts -- one a sacrifice the other for a base hit. Jeff Kerian drove in the go-ahead run on a safety squeeze bunt to give Lindsey Wilson the 1-0 lead.
The Blue Raiders doubled their lead in the eighth.
Alonso was once again the catalyst as he led off the inning with a single. After moving to third on a pair of McGinnis' wild pitches, Alonso scored on Manuel Ozoria's single to left field to extend the Lindsey Wilson lead to 2-0.
Pulliam did the rest retiring nine of the final 10 Georgetown batters to secure the win.
In the second game, the Tigers scored three times over the final two innings to secure the afternoon split with Lindsey Wilson.
The Blue Raiders grabbed an early lead with a two-run first inning. Kerian and Ozoria each provided RBIs in the inning -- Kerian's via a sacrifice fly and Ozoria with a bases loaded ground out -- to give the Blue Raiders the 2-0 lead.
Lindsey Wilson added to its lead with a run in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. Barrett started the Blue Raider scoring in the inning with a two-out ground-rule double and later scored on Ozoria's single to right field.
Georgetown scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth as Tyler Back and Ryan Serrato used back-to-back two-out doubles to cut the Blue Raiders' lead to 3-1.
Lindsey Wilson looked as if it would answer in the top of the fifth as the Blue Raiders loaded the bases with no outs. But Georgetown starting pitcher Chase Ballinger pitched out of the jam as Ozoria struck out and Lance Harrington hit into a double play to end the inning.
The Tigers began their comeback with a run in the sixth inning off Lindsey Wilson starter Derek Cape. Cape finished the game allowing all four runs on five hits in a losing effort.
In the seventh inning, Georgetown put two on with one out to chase Cape from the game. Lindsey Wilson's Darren Travers came in for relief, but singles by David Higuera and Chris Wood pushed the game-tying and game-winning runs across the plate.
Georgetown's Matt Smith picked up the win in relief. Smith pitched the seventh inning allowing one hit and striking out two Blue Raiders.
Lindsey Wilson returns to action at Noon CT on Sunday, March 11 in the third and final game of the series with Georgetown.