KINGSPORT, Tenn. - A late rally provided enough cushion to help propel No. 4 seed Campbellsville (Ky.) to a 7-4 victory, eliminating No. 2 seed Georgetown (Ky.) from the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round - Kingsport Bracket on Friday.
With the win, Campbellsville (37-17 overall) advances on to face St. Francis (Ill.) at 6 p.m. Friday. Georgetown ends the year 45-11 overall.
Down 1-0 in the secon, Brandon Johnson put Campbellsville up 2-1 with a two-run home run over the left-field wall. Aaron Schwoebel added a RBI double to make it 3-1.
Both teams added a run in the third to make it 4-2, which remained the score until the bottom of the seventh when Campbellsville tacks on two more runs. Schwoebel added another RBI double and Danny Lapchak following with a run-scoring single, putting the score at 6-2.
Georgetown countered with two runs in the eighth, taking advantage of a pair of Campbellsville errors. However, Keaton Neeb delivered a RBI single in the bottom of the frame to give Campbellsville a 7-4 edge.
Rusty Devitt closed out the ninth to secure his first save of the season as Campbellsville survives to play another game.
Schwoebel finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Neeb and Johnson each drove in a pair.
Ryan Richardson improved to 7-3 on the year as he went seven-plus innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on 10 hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
Chase Ballinger suffered the loss, giving up six runs on 12 hits with six strikeouts to fall to 8-2 on the season. Randy Guite and David Higuera each had two hits and a RBI for Georgetown.