MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Two four-run innings weren't enough, as No. 13 Georgia College & State University baseball (37-16, 16-11 PBC) dropped the regular-season capper today (May 3) 9-8 to Augusta State University (25-30, 11-16 PBC) at John Kurtz Field.
Leftfielder Derek Johns (Waynesville, Ga.) went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs in the losing effort.
A three-run seventh gave ASU the lead for good in the back-and-forth affair. Back-to-back home runs by the Jaguars gave them the lead. First, catcher Alex Sickman had a two-run shot to tie, followed by a solo blast for the lead from Jorge Virguez.
GCSU's four-run fifth helped them take the lead 8-6. Johns ripped an RBI single to left center, plating rightfielder Danny McCorkell (Wentzville, Mo.) who reached on a hit-batsman. After a groundout, catcher Pete Paris (Scranton, Pa.) took the first pitch of his at-bat over the left center fence for a two-run blast and the two-run lead. Paris' home run was his ninth of the season, and the third-straight game with a round-tripper this season.
The Jaguars blasted five home runs in the victory.
ASU reliever Patrick Lowe (3-5) was impressive with 3 1/3 innings of one-hit shutout ball, fanning one. Tony Baker got the final three outs for his second save of the season. Bobcat reliever Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) tossed three innings in the loss (5-2) allowing three earned runs on five hits and three walks.
The Bobcats took third place in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) earning the No. 3-seed in the upcoming PBC Tournament May 9-10 in Aiken, S.C. The brackets were officially released tonight, and Georgia College will face UNC Pembroke in the first round Saturday, May 9 at 12:30 p.m.
The Bobcats honored four seniors today, as Johns, Paris, McCorkell and Brooks Robinson (Evans, Ga.) played their final regular-season game at Kurtz Field. McCorkell finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Johns was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run. Paris was 1-for-5 with the two-run tying blast, and Robinson had a single in his 1-for-4 day.
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