THOMASVILLE, N.C. – The Georgia College baseball team (33-19) saw its season come to a close in day two of the NCAA Southeast Regional, dropping a 9-2 game to No. 12 Catawba College (42-13) Friday at Finch Field.
Much like yesterday's loss to No. 14 University of North Georgia, the Bobcats had some early chances, but failed to bring runners across.
A four-run fifth extended the Catawba lead to 6-1, putting the Bobcats in a tough spot.
"We were grateful for the opportunity to play in the regional after winning the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament," said head coach Tom Carty. "The team fought hard down the stretch of this season and ran out of energy for this tournament against two tough teams."
Catawba starter Shaefer Shepard (10-3) was the story, fanning eight and scattering two runs over eight frames.
For the Bobcats, rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans, Georgia) had three hits, including both of the Bobcats' extra-base efforts, a triple and double. Sandlin scored a run as well. Shortstop Brandon Benson (Loganville, Georgia) had two singles in five trips. The lone Bobcat RBI came on a groundout from Colton Montgomery (Cartersville, Georgia).
The loss went to Bobcat senior starter Jake Anthony (Canton, Georgia), evening his record at 4-4 in 4 2/3 innings.
The loss brings the season to a close for the Bobcats, a year in which they won the PBC Tournament, finished 33-19, and put three Bobcats on All-Southeast Region and All-PBC teams.
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