Georgetown News
Baseball - Mon, May. 14, 2012

Georgetown College baseball ended its season with just its third back-to-back set of losses. The Tigers (45-11) made their first appearance in the NAIA National Regional Tournament since the format was started in 2009. After falling into the elimination bracket on day one, GC face Mid-South Conference rival Campbellsville University for the fifth time.

The pair had split the previous meetings, and some late inning runs allowed CU to escape with the 7-4 victory.

"It's never easy ending a season and especially one that has been so amazing," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "But hopefully we've learned from this experience. The thoughts of next year and what we can do start now. No use dwelling on how it ended, we need to build on what we accomplished."

Georgetown hopped into the Top 25 for the first time ever. After receiving no votes in the preseason poll, the team jumped in at No. 17 after a 20-4 start to the season. It fell to No. 21 after only its second back-to-back losses the day after the first poll was released. However, the Tigers rebounded with a 25-3 finish to the season and moved up to No. 14.

Four of those wins came in the conference tournament, where Georgetown outscored its opponents 21-5 with two shutouts. It was the first MSC tournament crown and punched GC's ticket to the national regional tournament.

The Tigers played in a regional play-in during the 2006 season when the NAIA had two teams at one site play to advance. Georgetown dropped both games to Trevecca Nazarene that season to end its run at the national tournament.

This year, Indiana Tech scored two runs in the first two innings and held on for the 4-2 win Thursday that put GC into the elimination bracket Friday against Campbellsville.

Chase Ballinger got the ball in that game and a double off the wall by EJ Murray followed by an RBI single by David Higuera had things looking good for GC. However, CU responded with three runs in its half of the inning. GC clawed back, trimming the deficit to one at 3-2 its next at bat. But, CU continued to roll offensively adding the needed insurance runs late to hang on for the victory.

The Tigers picked up countless individual accolades at the recent MSC banquet. Freshman ace Tyler Arthur was named Pitcher and Freshman of the Year. He led the MSC in ERA (1.39) and opponent's batting average (.187) and tied for the lead with nine wins. He finished the regular season with a 9-0 mark, while striking out 65 (seventh in the MSC) in 77 and 2/3 innings.

Ballinger and ace closer Chad Richie joined the rookie on the All-Conference First-Team, while Higuera, Brian Smith, Randy Guite and Mike Steinke made the second team.

Brian Conner, Murray, TC Oneal and Jimmy Conway earned MSC All-Acedemic.

 
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