by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The No. 27 Bobcat baseball team (0-3) lost a high-scoring affair to the No. 7 Spartans of the University of Tampa (3-0) 15-13 today (Feb. 8) at John Kurtz Field.
Tampa used a six-run ninth to steal the game from Georgia College.
The Bobcats were down 4-0 going into the bottom of the third but rallied to even the score. Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) hit a RBI single to score Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.), Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) also singled scoring Drew Goodman (Kennewick, Wash.) and Andrew Evans (Milledgeville, Ga.) wrapped it up with a double, knocking in both Pitts and Muoio.
Tampa struck right back scoring two in the top of fourth, but once again the Bobcats answered back immediately with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Harrell and Goodman both singled before Pitts hit a three-run bomb to give Georgia College the 7-6 advantage.
The Bobcats scored two run in the sixth to take a 9-6 lead. Junior Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) hit a RBI single that knocked in Pitts, and Evans doubled to send Ward across the plate.
The Spartans were able to get runs in the final three innings of the game while Georgia College only scored in the eighth. Tampa put up one run in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Tampa came to the plate down 13-9 but managed a six-run rally to win the game 15-13.
Pitts finished the day 5-for-6 with four runs and four RBI, swatting a big three-run blast. Evans added a 3-for-4 day with three RBI and a run, while Ward was 2-for-6, driving in a pair and scoring twice. The 3-through-6 slots had 12 hits, 10 RBI and eight runs.
Senior reliever Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) was credited for the loss (0-1) after entering in the eighth. The Spartans' Jake Lowe (1-0) recorded his first win of the season while Aaron Gerbasi got the save, also his first.
Georgia College heads to Due West, S.C. to face No. 24 Erskine College tomorrow, Feb. 9 with the game starting at 2 p.m.
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