AIKEN, S.C. - The bats for No. 20 Georgia College & State University baseball (37-19) produced nine runs on 18 hits, but the Bobcat pitching struggled to retire Belmont Abbey College (36-24) hitters in a 14-9 loss today (May 15), as GCSU was knocked out of the NCAA Southeast Regional.
A six-hit, four run sixth gave Georgia College a 6-4 lead-its first of the game-but the Crusaders answered back with 10 runs over the next two frames to take the reigns of the contest for good.
Junior shortstop ChandlerSnell (Loganville, Ga.) went 4-for-4 today with three RBI to pace Bobcat hitting. First baseman Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) had three hits in five trips and scored all three times. Designated hitter Buddy Elmore (Dallas) added a 2-for-5 day, swatting a two-run home run to left.
"It says a lot for such a young and inexperienced team to make it this far," said head coach Tom Carty. "While it didn't end the way we wanted, at the end of the day you look back at the thing and can see some real accomplishments made. This week has reminded us how much work we have to do to win a National Championship."
The Bobcats sent five pitchers to the hill in the game, with the final hurler, lefty Luke Rogers (Watkinsville, Ga.) the only one not allowing a run. He picked up the final six outs. Closer Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) fell to 5-3 with the loss, going one inning and allowing eight runs. Crusader reliever Evan Jonas (1-2) went 1 2/3 in the win, allowing one run.
The game also brought to a close the careers for four Bobcats, as Derek Johns (Waynesville, Ga.), Brooks Robinson (Evans, Ga.), Danny McCorkell (Wentzville, Mo.) and Pete Paris (Scranton, Pa.) wrap up their collegiate baseball careers. Paris drove in a pair today and Johns went 3-for-5 with two doubles. Robinson was 2-for-5 with a run and McCorkell pinch hit in the ninth.
The Bobcats were 37-19 in the 2009 campaign, the second under Carty. Georgia College finished third in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), making their third trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last four seasons. The Bobcats wound up the season with 154 stolen bases, tying the school record set in 1985.
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