Baseball - Wed, Mar. 26, 2014
Georgetown College named Micah Baumfeld head baseball coach in January of 2012. Now not even three seasons into his tenure at the helm of the Tigers, he has recorded 100-plus victories.
The California native is 102-34, picking up win 100 against University of Rio Grande this past Saturday. His teams have won GC's first-ever Mid-South Conference Tournament title as well as advance to the NAIA National Tournament Regional Sites two seasons in a row.
"It is really a testament to the players we have and my assistant coaches," Baumfeld said. "My first season, that group was really hungry to bring Georgetown back to the baseball power it had been. They won 45 games, the MSC tournament and went to our first regional site in this new format by the NAIA. All of that really set the foundation."
Georgetown went 15-0 to start that season and 45-11, only dropping back-to-back games three times. Ace Tyler Arthur was a freshman that season and did not suffer a loss on the mound until the national tournament. Chad Richie, a junior reliever, also had one of his best seasons that year. Both were named preseason All-Americans for the 2013 season.
The Tigers went 36-19 a season ago, facing a much tougher schedule along the way. They dropped game one of the MSC tournament, but battled back in the elimination bracket including an eighth-inning rally for a 13-7 win over University of the Cumberlands.
It was the first win at Hunter Wright Stadium, where GC had dropped two in the national regional site tournament in 2012. Georgetown followed that by knocking Cumberland University from the tournament, but could not rally to beat University of Rio Grande later that day.
The Tigers earned a spot in the Faulkner bracket for the national tournament and despite losing game one, did bounce back for a day two win – their first in the regional portion of the national tournament.
Baumfeld averages 40.5 wins a season and at 21-4 in 2014 is well on his way again, despite having to cancel 10 games thus far due to weather. His average winning percentage is 75 in 136 games.
The two coaches prior to Baumfeld were Erik Hagen (2004-09) and Brian Karlet (2010-11). Hagen finished his career with 135-127, while Karlet was 58-56.
Georgetown returns to action at home hosting Bluefield College Saturday night. Game time is to be determined as weather has already bumped the series from a Friday-Saturday slate to Saturday-Sunday.