February 10, 2012

#30 GC Baseball Drops Pair to #5 Tampa in Late Rallies, 15-6 and 4-2

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 30 Georgia College baseball team (2-3) was swept by No. 5 University of Tampa (5-0) 15-6 and 4-2 on two late rallies tonight at John Kurtz Field.

In game one, the Bobcats led 5-3 going into the seventh inning, when Tampa exploded for four runs. The Spartans proceeded to out-score GC 12-1 over the final three innings.

For the Bobcats, shortstop Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) was 2-for-5 with three RBI, and catcher Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) swatted his second home run of the young season.

Senior righty Derek McGowan (Raytown, Mo.) went 6 1/3 innings in the loss (0-2), allowing just three earned runs and fanning four. Tampa reliever Preston Packrall (2-0) picked up the victory in less than a full inning of work.

Tampa posted three individuals with multi-RBI games in game one, led by designated hitter Heath Pritchard driving in six despite only having two at-bats. He swatted a home run and a double.

Game two was a pitcher's duel, as GC's Mike Guinane (Glenview, Ill.) went head-to-head with UT's Ben Brown (2-0). Guinane (0-1) went 5 2/3 innings with three earned runs and six strikeouts in his first effort of the 2012 season. Brown did him one better at six full innings, scattering two hits and two runs while also striking out six.

The Bobcats managed just two hits in the seven-inning affair, as Bryce Williams (Manhattan, Kan.) ripped a two-run double off the wall in dead center to give GC a 2-0 advantage in the second inning.

With a run in the fifth, a pair in the sixth and one more in the seventh, Tampa took this game over late as well. Pritchard had two more hits and a run scored, as leftfielder Damon Elder drove in a run on a 2-for-4 day. The go-ahead run scored on a wild pitch.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. for the final game of the three-game set with the Spartans.

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