GREENWOOD, S.C. – The No. 5-seed Georgia College baseball team (35-17) fell 5-0 to No. 6-seed Catawba College (35-19) in an NCAA Southeast Regional elimination game Saturday at Lander University.
"We certainly didn't play our best, but I thought their pitcher was outstanding," said head coach Tom Carty. "They just out-played us and out-coached us to come out with the 'W'."
The Bobcat offense was held in check by Catawba starter Matt Farmakis (2-0) scattering six hits and just one walk with six strikeouts in the shutout. A two-run home run by centerfielder Blake Houston got the scoring started in the third, tacking another run on in the fifth with two more in the sixth.
The Bobcats' lone multi-hit performer was first baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville, Ga.) going 2-for-4 with a pair of line-drive singles. Seniors Taylor Hinshaw (Winder, Ga.) and Mike McGraw (Newnan, Ga.) had a double apiece.
Lefty starter Josh Taylor (Phoenix) pitched better than his final line in the loss (7-4), surrendering five runs over 5 2/3 innings with three strikeouts.
The loss brings another great Bobcat baseball season to a close, a record-setting year for the offense, coming into the tournament as the top team in Division II baseball in both on-base percentage and runs per game. Georgia College reached as high as No. 6 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Rankings, and put catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Mich.), Ardeeser and Hinshaw on the varied all-region teams. The NCAA Regional Appearance was the 11th in program history, and the fourth in Carty's seven seasons.
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