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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Georgetown College baseball got off the snide in NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round action tallying its first win Friday morning in Montgomery's elimination bracket. The No. 21 Tigers (36-18) got behind early, but quickly responded and rolled 12-2 over Mount Vernon Nazarene (32-17) to advance to this evening's game against Indiana Tech (32-17).
The game is currently set for an 8 pm EST start.
"It's good to end that little streak and finally get a win in the opening round," said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. "We knew we were hitting well and like hitting here, but it was a matter of stringing things together. In the bottom of the second we took the lead, but really saw our offense come to life in the third."
In two games, the Tigers have had 29 hits.
Georgetown scored three runs in the third to break it open and never looked back.
Matt Smith took the mound and helped GC to its first-ever opening round win since the NAIA started this format in 2009. The Tigers were two and out this past year and then dropped into the elimination bracket following a defeat by No. 17 Texas Wesleyan Thursday afternoon.
Justin Moore, Jordan Hinshaw, David Higuera, Tanner Baldwin, Mike Steinke, EJ Murray and Marvin Flores pounded out multiple hits on the day. Eight players crossed the plate, Higuera did so three times. Moore (4), Flores (3) and Steinke (2) also had multiple RBIs in the high-scoring affair.
Tech defeated the same Cougars, 7-4, Thursday in the four-five seed game, but lost to host No. 1 Faulkner University (48-10) in the opening day nightcap.
|(RV) Lindsey Wilson at||8:00pm|
|(4) Lindsey Wilson at||6:00pm|
|Cumberland Univ. at||4:00pm|
|(15) Cumberland Univ. at||2:00pm|
|(12) University of Pikeville at||8:00pm|
|(23) University of Pikeville at||6:00pm|
|(20) University of the Cumberlands at||4:00pm|
|University of the Cumberlands at||2:00pm|