COLUMBUS, Ga. – West No. 1-seed Georgia College baseball team (29-21) saw its season come to a close Thursday evening at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship Tournament in a 12-2 loss to East No. 2-seed Francis Marion University (35-15).
The Bobcats put up the first two runs of the game in the very first inning, when a pair of hits set up a run-scoring groundout and single, but it would be all the GC bats could muster. FMU took the lead with a three-run third and never looked back.
The Patriots rattled off 17 hits with four doubles, scoring runs in all but one inning after breaking into the scoring column in the third.
All-PBC Second Team selection Matt Broderick (8-2) went six strong innings for the win, allowing just two runs. Leadoff hitter Michael Wilson set the table, going 4-for-6 with three runs.
Centerfielder Patrick Daugherty (Kennesaw, Ga.) got on with a one-out single in the first for GC, followed by a double off the top of the leftfield wall from All-PBC third baseman Travis Echols (Suwanee, Ga.). All-PBC designated hitter Cody Maas (Alpharetta, Ga.) followed with an RBI groundout to short, plating Daugherty. Echols scored from second on the ensuing single from second baseman Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.). Donaldson finished 2-for-4 with the RBI.
Lefty starter Mike Guinane (Glenview, Ill.) took the loss (3-7), going 6 2/3 innings allowing six earned runs.
The loss brings the season to a close for Bobcat baseball, going 29-21 with a 19-10 PBC mark, good for a PBC West Division title. GC landed three on the all-conference teams, with Echols and Maas taking first team, and reliever Matt LaMothe (Troy, Mich.) landing on the second.
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