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Georgetown College baseball team knows that in order to continue to build upon the solid season of a year ago, it must test itself against some of the nation's best.
The 2013 season got underway Friday afternoon as the preseason No. 20 Tigers battled preseason No. 7 Embry-Riddle in Daytona, Fla. The Eagles struck early and often for five quick runs in the first two innings, but GC refused to go away and began to chip away at the lead. ERU was able to hold in the end for the 5-4 win.
"When you dig a hole like that it can be tough in a seven inning game, but I was pleased to see our guys battle," said Tiger coach Micah Baumfeld. "It's nice to be back in action and get this season going. Since Kingsport this past spring, we've all been ready to get back out there. This was not a bad start against a very good opponent."
T.C. Oneal did most of the scoing damage for GC. The outfielder went 1-for-3 from the plate, but scored two of the runs. Mike Steinke was 2-of-4, including a triple, on the day with a run scored. Corey Bays pinch hit, picking up a single and coming in to score the final run.
The Tigers (0-1) scored twice in the top of the seventh, but couldn't push across another run to tie the game. Georgetown plays two more games with the Eagles before facing Webber International over the next two days.
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