February 15, 2009

#18 Bobcat Baseball Takes Series with 16-8 Shootout

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Powered by 18 hits including eight of the extra-base variety, No. 18 Georgia College & State University baseball (4-4) beat Southern Connecticut State University (0-3) 16-8 today (Feb. 15) at John Kurtz Field. The win gives the Bobcats a sweep in the three-game series.

Centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) went 4-for-6 driving in four runs and scoring three times on the day. Georgia College used an eight-run fifth to take over the game.

Down 6-2 into the bottom of the fifth, GCSU sent 12 batters to the plate in the eight-run rally, as Harrell had an RBI single and a two-run triple in that inning alone. Another big blow came off the bat of designated hitter Buddy Elmore (Dallas) as he ripped a two-run double off the wall in center, and then scored on the next play, a Pete Paris (Scranton, Pa.) double.

Elmore finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and a run, and Paris had a 3-for-4 effort with one run and an RBI. Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs and an RBI, with Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) scoring three times on a 2-for-4. Junior Andrew Evans (Milledgeville, Ga.) drilled his first home run of the season, a pinch-hit two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth.

Sophomore reliever Ryan Parson (Madison, Ga.) picked up his first career win (1-0) with 3 1/3 innings of solid relief, scattering four hits and a run. Steve Corbett (0-2) got the loss for the Owls.

The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m., hosting a doubleheader with Columbia Union College for their season opener.

Visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.