April 16, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 10

GC baseball takes center stage

The baseball team is forty games in and still going strong toward the end of the season
By ANDY RUSSELL
Sports Editor
The baseball team poses for a team picture.

The baseball team poses for a team picture.

Like many classes, activities and athletic events, the GC baseball team’s season is winding down. After 40 games the team has a winning record at 22-18 (10-8) and is looking to end the season on a positive note. The Tigers returned all of last year’s team, which finished 30-24, and brought in some serious talent in the freshman class. There are five games left until the Mid-South Conference Tournament and then the NAIA Regional Tournament following that, but they don’t want to let off the gas at this point.

Coming down the stretch is the most crucial time of the year and they need to finish strong. Under the instruction of fifth-year coach Erik Hagen, the team has no doubt learned how to play hard and grind it out down the home stretch. The team started the 2009 season with a 6-7 record headed into their conference opener against Campbellsville and a showdown with the University of Kentucky was just several games away. They ended up losing the next four games to Campbellsville by slight margins each time and dropped their record to 6-11.

Afterwards, they lost in front of a great crowd at Cliff Hagan stadium at UK, 12-5. However, they bounced back by going on an eight-game winning streak by beating the likes of West Virginia Tech, Cumberland and Lindsey Wilson. This huge winning streak got them, and their record, 14-13, back on track after a rough start. They would then lose one, win one, lose two, win one, and so on, which brings us to what they stand at now, 22-18. The last game was an offensive explosion for the Tigers as they hammered out 16 runs in seven innings. The team that got hammered this game was Treveca Nazarene University.

GC was able to play some great defense and got very hot at the plate. Mentioned above, they were able to pound out 16 runs, most of which came from different players. Senior shortstop Bryan Bonner led the charge with five at-bats, three of which he connected with that brought in four runs and he scored three runs himself. The next player in line to hurt the Trevecca Nazarene pitching rotation was senior right-fielder Chase Armstrong. He came to the plate three times, where he knocked in two runs, had two walks and scored three runs himself.

Seniors Austin Sparks and Josh Franklin both knocked in two runs while fellow seniors Jake Mahan and Eric Severson brought home one apiece. The freshman trio of Mike Steinke, Dylan Grandon and Taylor Payne hammered home one run apiece as well. The winning pitcher was junior lefty Kevin Rueff and the win moved his record to 5-4 on the season. Their next game will be held at Indiana University-Southeast and then they will have a double-header at home against Pikeville College.

This is it for 13 seniors on this team and they want to finish with nothing less than a championship trophy in their possession. Head over to the baseball field on East Campus to support the Tigers as they look towards the Mid-South Championships and the NAIA Championships as well.


Intramural update

Intramurals heat up with only three sports left
By CIERA LOWERY
Staff Writer
Tyler Cardin, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, gets a nice breather.

Tyler Cardin, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, gets a nice breather.

There are so many things to do at Georgetown. There are things like dancing, cheering, music, step team, Greek life and so much more. One thing that most of the campus chooses to get involved in is intramural athletics. Every dorm, fraternity and sorority puts out a team for sports that aren’t really sanctioned sports. Things like ultimate Frisbee, water polo, ping pong and the like are unique sports that people can participate in. Of course, there are basketball, soccer, tennis and what not for the people that really want to have some fun and great competition.

The sport that is in contention right now is soccer, and with a lot of points at stake, there are a lot of teams in the field. Intramurals are based on a point system used to determine who the overall winner at the end of the season For Greek life teams, the points go towards the Intramural Cup, which they all want to win, and therefore are fielding teams for many different sports. Currently Kappa Alpha leads the men’s side of the board, followed closely by Lambda Chi Alpha. For the ladies, Sigma Kappa is in the lead by quite a few points and not looking back. All of these teams are fighting for the coveted Intramural Cup that is awarded to the team/organization with the most points at the end of the season.

Intramural chair John Roberts loves his job and he makes that evident through his work: “To me, intramurals is a great way to bring together all of the different groups within the campus. Also, it allows students to stay active and gives them a good way to socialize with groups that they may or may not normally socialize with. Having the overall Intramural point system and the very soughtafter Intramural cup has also brought a healthy competition between each dorm, fraternity and sorority to Georgetown. Essentially, intramurals are a very important aspect of student life.” There are only three intramural sports left in the season so be sure to get involved as soon as you can. The first is soccer, which is conductecd during the week, mainly from 3 to 6 p.m. or so. The next is dodegeball, which is high energy and high impact (no pun intended). This happens mostly on weeknights. The last sport to take place this semester is the home run derby. The name says it all for this one. It’s very simple: hit the ball as far as you can.

Roberts’ interest this year has been drawn to the active participation by the freshmen in Anderson Hall. They have been involved in every sport so far and have made an impressive showing. He credits this to the drive and great leadership that their RD, Ticha Chikuni, shows the guys. He also likes to see all of the involvement from dorms that haven’t been as involved in the past. Knight Hall has had a lot of girls participate this year, as has East Campus. He really credits the great system that has been installed by the college for the increasing numbers. Intramurals is an important part of campus life and if you want to get involved you can contact Roberts or the RD in your dorm. Be sure to get involved before the season is over.

Matt Swinson, an Independent, takes a shot on goal.

Matt Swinson, an Independent, takes a shot on goal.

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