May 9, 2009

#17 Bobcats Eliminated from PBC Tournament in 15-6 Loss

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AIKEN, S.C. - Coughing up a season-high seven errors, the No. 17 Georgia College & State University baseball squad (37-17) fell 15-6 to No. 29 UNC Pembroke (37-16) today (May 9) in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament hosted by USC Aiken. The Bobcats are now out of the single-elimination tourney.

UNCP blew a tight 4-3 game open with late fireworks, out-scoring GCSU in the final three frames 11-3.

Junior starter Dylan Lightell (Rosamond, Calif.) took the loss (4-5), going 5 2/3 innings with four unearned runs. He fanned three, walked one and allowed four hits. PBC Pitcher of the Year Matt McGovern went six innings, improving to 9-0 on the year while fanning five and allowing two earned runs. Reliever Ryan Kirkman went the final three innings for the save, his 10th.

For the Bobcat offense, All-PBC centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) was 3-for-4, scoring once. Third baseman Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) had an RBI double, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. All-PBC second baseman Brooks Robinson (Evans, Ga.) also had a double, going 2-for-4.

UNCP pounded out 15 hits, with just three going for extra bases. All-PBC second baseman Jason Coker of UNCP was 3-for-5, driving in four and scoring three times.

The Bobcats now await selection for the NCAA Southeast Region Tournament, set for May 14-17 at a site to be determined. The Bobcats, who were No. 3 in the most recent region poll, will have to hope for one of the three at-large bids to the tournament, which should be announced sometime in the next coming days.

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