by Tyler Peck, sports informatin graduate assistant
GREENWOOD, S.C. - The Bobcat baseball team at Georgia College & State University (0-4) got late scoring, but it wasn't enough in today's (Feb. 14) contest against No. 21 Lincoln Memorial University (3-1), losing 8-3 at Legion Field in day one of Lander University's Valentine's Day Classic.
The Bobcats scored three runs off six different bats, with a run coming in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings. Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) started the sixth inning with a walk and three batters later scored on a throwing error by Lincoln Memorial's shortstop. In the seventh inning, Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) scored from third on a wild pitch. Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) was the only player credited with an RBI as he knocked in Steve Muoio (Rochester, N.Y.) in the top of the ninth. GCSU missed a few opportunities the team left 11 on-base.
Lawrenceville native Ryan Tabor got the start for Georgia College (0-2) and couldn't get out of the second inning. Eric Pettepher (Gordon, Ga.) pitched six solid innings of work, allowing two runs while striking out three and Clete Jessup (Darien, Ga.) got the final out as he struck out the only batter he faced.
The Bobcats will play two games tomorrow (Feb. 15) with the first game against Barry University at 11 a.m. and then go up against Lander University in a non-conference game at 6 p.m.
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