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Georgetown College baseball battled back and forth with No. 10 Cumberland University in the Mid-South Conference opener, but couldn't rally for a third time in a 6-5 loss.
The No. 23 Tigers (6-1, 0-1) clawed back from 1-0 and 4-2 deficits for leads, but the Bulldogs (10-4, 1-0) had the final rally in the top of the ninth with one out. Chris Hall singled to center to start the comeback. CU followed that with a shot to deep right field. Hall moved to third and Justin Byrd was tagged out trying to stretch his hit to a double.
Sam Lind's rope to the centerfield fence tied the game and Ricky Coleman brought Byrd in for the difference in the game.
Georgetown stopped the Bulldogs at that, but the damage was done as Cumberland set the side down in order to finish off the game.
Brett Smith energized and squelched an eighth inning rally. The senior threw two pitches; the second a double play up the middle to squander the Bulldogs attempt to tie the game.
GC went down harmlessly once again in the eighth, but seemed on target to take game one of the three-game series.
The Tigers had seven hits to CU's 13, but no player had more than one hit. Duran Elmore, Tyler Coker, Martin Lemus, Brian Barry, Steven Mancilla and David Higuera collected the base knocks Friday. Elmore had a base clearing triple to put GC up 5-4. He was stranded with one out, preventing the Tigers from tallying a few more runs that inning.
Georgetown and Cumberland face off for doubleheader noon Saturday at Robert N. Wilson Field.