GREENWOOD, S.C. – The runs came early as No. 5-seed Georgia College baseball (35-16) dropped a 10-3 ballgame Friday to No. 3-seed Columbus State University (38-15) 10-3 in day two of the NCAA Southeast Regional hosted by Lander University.
Columbus State scored four in the first, another in the second and three more in the third to take a 8-2 lead early, riding the rest of the game out for the win.
One of the bright spots for the Bobcats Friday was the relief work of Jake Anthony (Canton, Ga.) as the junior righty threw seven innings, allowing just one earned run on nine hits and a pair of walks. Anthony fanned nine, doubling his season total.
The Bobcats picked up single runs in the first, second and sixth innings, but couldn't sustain any scoring rally as CSU continued to push further out of reach.
Catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.) was 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Rob Hogenkamp (St. Louis) and rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans, Ga.) tallied two hits each, Hogenkamp scoring a run and Sandlin driving in one. Second baseman Brandon Benson (Loganville, Ga.) had the team's lone extra-base hit with a triple, adding a run scored.
Mike McGinnity (7-1) picked up the win in six innings of work, with Ryan Pistey getting a three-inning save. Catcher Dustin Averett was 3-for-6 with four RBI and a run.
The Bobcats begin the trip back through the losers' bracket tomorrow, May 17 at 3:45 p.m. against No. 6-seed Catawba College.
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