MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The dream run for No. 25 Georgia College baseball (36-19) came to a close Sunday, as the Bobcats fell 7-2 to No. 30 Coker College (38-14) on championship day at the 2013 NCAA Southeast Regional.
The scoring started early, as Coker put two up in the very first inning. After an RBI single by centerfielder Ikaika Anderson (Austell, Ga.) made it a 2-1 deficit, the Cobras struck for five runs over the fifth and sixth innings.
The Bobcats inched closer with a big solo blast off the bat of catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) in the top of the ninth, but the rally would stop there.
Coker starter Dan Meyer (8-3) went the distance, surrendering nine hits for a pair of runs and fanning six. The loss went to Bobcat starter Justin Blue (Mulberry, Fla.) falling to 8-4. Righty reliever Jordan Brooks (Macon, Ga.) was solid in relief holding the Cobra bats hitless over the final 2 2/3 innings.
After the final out, the Southeast Regional All-Tournament Team was announced, featuring four Georgia College players in Hazel, Hogenkamp, Bick and pitcher Christian Bragg (Augusta, Ga.).
The season comes to a close for the Bobcats, a year that saw Georgia College win its first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Championship, coming two wins shy of going to the Division II College World Series.
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