CARY, N.C. – Georgia College & State University All-American righthander Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) handcuffed batters Thursday en route to his fourth-straight complete game and fourth shutout of the season, a 3-0 win for the No. 4 Bobcats (42-16) over No. 9 University of Southern Indiana (50-14) at the Division II College World Series.
The win forces an elimination game between the same two teams Friday, May 28 at a time to be determined by this evening's UC-San Diego/Franklin Pierce University game. If the FPU wins, the Bobcats play at 10 a.m., with the 'Cats playing at 11 a.m. should UCSD win.
Dewald scattered five hits and three walks over nine innings, improving to 12-3 on the season. The 12 victories ties the single-season record in Georgia College history, most recently set in 1997 by Kevin Mobley. Dewald's eight strikeouts gives him 125 on the season, one shy of second place in a single season effort, set in 1995 by Kevin Dye.
“I try to close out nine innings,” said Dewald of the four straight complete games. “I approach every inning the same, not trying to save anything. Last week I had a three day rest and this week I actually had an extra day.”
Dewald set down 12 Screaming Eagle batters in a row at one point, not allowing a hit from the fourth to the eighth.
The Bobcats got the winning run in the first, when All-American centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) hit a one-out triple and scored a batter later on a Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) sacrifice fly. An RBI double in the fourth by third baseman Paul Bordon (Martinez, Ga.) plated Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) who walked, and gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.
Harrell capped the scoring in the fifth, reaching on a hit batsman, stealing second, third and eventually home on a pickoff play at first. The Bobcats were aggressive on the basepaths, stealing five bases in as many tries.
“I saw the catcher come up the line a little bit towards fair territory,” said Harrell of the head-first slide into the plate. “You try not to slide too many times head first into the plate, but I think that was a point where you could do it. I just tried to get wide and stick my hand in under there and got it in.”
Bordon was the lone multi-hit performer, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Harrell scored twice on a 1-for-3 effort.
USI starter Jared Canterbury (4-1) went 4 1/3 innings in the loss, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. Dewald scattered the Screaming Eagles' five hits among five players, allowing runners to reach third just twice.
The 42 team victories for head coach Tom Carty are the fourth-most in the NCAA era of baseball at Georgia College.
“We just need to play better,” said Carty of playing the same team again tomorrow. “I don't think that was our best offensive game. We just need to take care of ourselves and just try and do what we do well.”
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