GCSU Baseball Hands #5 Columbus State First Loss in 22 Games, 9-7
by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Bobcat baseball team at Georgia College & State University (12-8, 5-2 PBC) ended Columbus State University’s (22-3, 3-1 PBC) school-record win streak at 21 games Friday night as unranked Georgia College held on to defeat No. 5 Columbus State 9-7.
Reigning Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Player of the Week Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) extended his hit streak to seven games. The Bobcat centerfielder led the team going 3-for-4, including a two-run round tripper in the top of the second and a solo shot in the ninth. Harrell finished with three runs scored and four RBI.
Conyers, Ga. native Kyle Allen went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
Designated hitter BentonYaun (Marietta, Ga.) hit his first home run of the season, a three-run blast in the third to bring in rightfielder Shawn Ward (Marintez, Ga.) and third baseman Drew Goodman (Kennewick, Wash.).
Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) recorded his second-straight win (2-0) pitching five innings allowing four runs off eight hits. The junior righty stuck out four and walked one.
Lefty Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) tossed the last 1 2/3 innings of relief to get his first save of the season. The senior came in the bottom of the eighth after the Cougars got a three-run home run from leftfielder Ryan Lewis. Tabor was able to get out of the inning and then shut down the Cougars in the bottom of the ninth after teammate Harrell hit an insurance solo home run to put the ‘Cats up 9-7.
Georgia College and Columbus State finish the three-game series Saturday, March 20 in a doubleheader with the first game starting at 1 p.m. Links to live stats and a CSU broadcast are available at www.GCSUBobcats.com .
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