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Georgetown College baseball unleashed all its offensive power Wednesday in run-ruling 2010 National Champion and current No. 7 team in the nation Cumberland University.
After opening up a 3-0 lead, Georgetown had to rally a bit. The Bulldogs (18-13) took a 5-3 edge in the bottom of the second.
The Tigers (23-4) - which has yet to lose to a non-conference opponent - tallied six runs in the top of the third and never looked back. They scored two or more runs in five of the eight innings played and were fueled in that huge third inning by David Higuera.
The outfielder had three hits and six RBI, including GC's first grand slam of the season. Catcher Brian Smith also had a solid day at the plate, 2-of-4 with five runs scored.
"You have days like this when everyone's bat is hot," said Tiger coach Micah Baumfeld. "It's exciting. Cumberland has a great program and tradition. In recent past, we seem to play right there with them but can't get over the hump. We could have been defeated after they rallied back in the bottom of the second. But, our guys never quit. We did some small ball things we haven't been able to do. Mike Steinke started the third with a bunt and we eventually loaded the bases for David."
Matt Smith got the start on the mound, going 2 and 2/3 innings with five hits and seven runs when Chris Villalobos took over to shut down the Bulldogs.
The junior hurled 74 pitches in 5 and 1/3 innings, scattering four hits and allowing one run with one strikeout.
"Matt struggled some and after our big inning Cumberland was rallying again," Baumfeld said. "We made the change to Chris and he did a great job. He got us out of the third with a 9-7 lead and then pitched four of the next five innings scoreless.
"Overall it was a great day top to bottom. Now we have to
take this win, learn what we can and take on another tough team in conference
opponent Shawnee State."
The Bears (16-16) won the Mid-South Conference this past season and are currently receiving votes in the national poll. GC is 4-4 in league play, while SSU is 4-5. Rain has bumped up the games between these two teams from a single Friday and doubleheader Saturday to a doubleheader Thursday and a single either Saturday or Sunday as weather permits.
First pitch is set for 2 pm at Robert N. Wilson Field.