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Baseball - Mon, Feb. 7, 2011

Georgetown College baseball opened its 2011 season with a split Sunday afternoon with Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. BAC won the first one, 6-4, while the Tigers (1-1) took the nightcap 2-1.

The Tigers held a 4-2 advantage late in the first game before the Crusaders' (2-1) rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

GC sent four hitters to the plate in the top of the seventh in an attempt to rally, but had a single and three fly-outs to end the game.

The Tigers offense was rolling early in the first game, scoring four runs off two hits in the second inning.

BAC's pitcher Matt Parish struggled with control, walking one and hitting two batters to load the bases with just one out. Taylor Hatfield struck out, but Tanner Baldwin delivered a two-out, two RBI single.

Ellis Bowen then walked to reload the bases for Randy Guite, who drew an RBI walk for a 3-0 advantage. Tyler Fisher had the final RBI single before Pete Thackston fouled out.

The Crusaders got two runs back in the bottom of the third before taking their first lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Brian Smith, Chris Wood and Dylan Grandon led from the plate, going 1-of-2, while Baldwin was the only other Tiger with a hit and went 1-of-3. Smith, Wood, Hatfield and Baldwin all scored runs.

K.C. Massie took the loss for the Tigers, pitching 5.1 innings, scattering five hits and allowing five runs with five strikeouts and two walks. Joe Devine pitched the final 0.2 inning, allowing two hits and a run with one strikeout.

Jason McGinnis took the mound for a complete game victory for the Tigers in game two. He fanned eight batters, scattered four hits, walked two and allowed one run.

Georgetown broke open a 1-1 game in its last at bat, when Guite and Fisher singled. Guite eventually came around on a pass ball during Thackson's at bat to provide all the offense the Tigers needed.

GC jumped out to an early lead again when Guite singled and Thackston doubled him in a batter later for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Crusaders leveled the game at one in the bottom of the second.

Guite led from the plate, going 2-of-4 with two runs scored. Baldwin was 2-of-3 from the plate. Thackson went 1-of-3 for the game with an RBI, and Fisher finished 1-of-4.

Georgetown and Belmont Abbey finish up the series Monday with a single game to start at 1 p.m.

 
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