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It was 2006 the last time Georgetown College baseball got to play a season-opener at Robert N. Wilson Field. The Tigers (2-0) were scheduled to be on the road, but took a potential rainy situation in Tennessee and turned it into a home doubleheader with Asbury University, which was facing a similar fate. Georgetown needed late inning offensive power to beat the Eagles (0-2) 4-1 and 6-0.
The Tigers were schedule to go to Henderson, TN and potentially spend the weekend in a hotel. Coach Micah Baumfeld decided GC baseball would be better off finding someone to come to Georgetown. Freed-Hardeman's baseball coach agreed with the decision, feeling certain the weekend would be a washout with 80 percent chance of rain Friday and nearly the same Saturday. It just so happened that Asbury was playing in the same Tennessee area and also did not want to make the long trip and get no games.
"It would have been nice to go down and played Freed-Hardeman, but I'm glad we decided to stay here where we knew we could get in a pair of games," Baumfeld said. "The seniors were excited to start at home. You don't get too many chances to do this, but the winter has been so mild it was really a great situation for this."
Jason McGinnis and Chase Ballinger started for Georgetown. Baumfeld got solid performances from each. Combined they allowed just seven hits in 11 innings of work with 11 strikeouts and one unearned run. Chad Richie did mop up duty in the first game. The junior Lexington native struck out the side for his first save of the season. Travis McBride took the ball in relief of game two, pitching two innings of no hit ball with five strikeouts.
"We had a great day on the hill," Baumfeld said. "I was able to get some good work early for my guys and everyone came out strong."
The Tigers had nine hits in each of the games, but the offensive explosion happened in the bottom of the fifth of game two.
Jordan Hinshaw drew a walk to start it all, and TC Oneal bunted him over to second. Tanner Baldwin struck out. Chris Wood came to the plate and delivered an RBI single, advanced on the throw to home and then stole third as the first baseman and pitcher talked on the mound.
This began a six-run, five-hit inning to put the game away. Randy Guite singled in Wood and then a single by EJ Murray had runners at the corners. Tyler Back loaded the bases setting the stage for a base-clearing triple by Brian Smith. Ryan Serrato singled to score Smith for the final run of the game.
Georgetown returns to action Tuesday for a 2 pm game at Trevecca Nazarene.