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GEORGETOWN, Ky. – In its first appearance of the 2020 spring season, the Indiana University South Bend baseball team split its doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Georgetown College (RV) defeating the Tigers 2-0 in game one before falling in game two, 8-3. After the day, the Titans move to 3-3 overall this season.
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Game One (IUSB 2, GC 0) – Freshman Robbie Berger enjoyed success at the mound in the series opener, earning his first collegiate win and giving the Titans their first win of year. The South Bend, Ind. native tossed a complete game, allowing just five hits and struck out six.
During game one, IU South Bend’s offense scored two runs on four hits to secure the victory. It was the first win over Georgetown College since March 4, 2018 when IUSB came away with an 8-2 decision on the road.
Sophomore Logan Young led the Titans at the plate going 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI while senior TJ DeHerrera went 1-for-3 with a double, one run scored and one RBI. The final hit came from senior Austin Thomas as the infielder doubled down the right field line in the second inning.
All IUSB’s runs occurred in the first inning as sophomore Colin Mack got things started with a walk and advanced to second on a stolen base. DeHerrera followed that up with a double to deep left, driving Mack in for the first run. After DeHerrera advanced to third, Young laced a single to score the right fielder.
The Tigers garnered hits against Berger in the first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh but nothing Berger and the rest of the Titan defense couldn’t handle as the freshman improved to 1-0 this season.
Game Two (GC 8, IUSB 3) – In game two of Saturday’s doubleheader the Titan offense was halted scoring three runs on three hits as Georgetown defeated IUSB, 8-3 to split Saturday’s action.
Three different Titans provided an offensive spark for IU South Bend in game two as senior Matthew Miller, junior Gregory Pietsch and Thomas added hits. Miller connected on a single in the eighth but was stranded on base while Pietsch and Thomas laced singles in the ninth as IUSB’s three runs occurred in the final inning.
Junior transfer Matt Smith started on the mound in game two, pitching 4.2 innings that saw six hits, four runs and four strikeouts as the Livermore, Calif. suffered the loss and dropped to 1-1 in his first Titan season.
The Titan bullpen was used often after Smith’s start with four different pitchers seeing the mound, including 0.2 innings from Max Govert and Kyle Hallberg and 1.0 innings by Ian Glogovsky and Cal Whitaker. As a whole, the Titan pitching staff totaled five strikeouts with Govert getting his first of his sophomore season.
The Tigers broke through the scoreboard first in the third inning off two hits to take the 1-0 lead. Georgetown sealed the victory, scoring three in the fourth followed by a pair of runs in the sixth and eighth and two in the seventh.
IU South Bend remains in Georgetown, Ky. to face the Tigers tomorrow, Feb. 16 for a doubleheader series that is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Robert N. Wilson Field.