AIKEN, S.C. – The No. 8 Georgia College & State University baseball team (35-15) saw hopes of a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Championship come to a close Saturday night, dropping a 5-4 decision to host USC Aiken (32-18).
The difference maker was a two-run sixth by the Pacers, as two-out back-to-back RBI doubles by shortstop Stephen Carmon and All-PBC centerfielder Bill Rice plated a pair for a 5-3 lead.
Muoio's pinch home run cut the lead to 5-4 in the seventh, but the Bobcats couldn't get the tying run across. With two out in the ninth, Muoio doubled to put the tying run in scoring position, but the Bobcats couldn't bring that run across.
All-PBC First Team starting pitcher Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) had a solid start, going seven innings in the loss (9-2), allowing five runs with just three earned. He scattered eight hits and struck out six.
Pacer reliever Cory Dobbins (1-0) went 3 1/3 innings for the win, allowing just two hits, one run and fanning three. Chad Benefield capped the game for his eighth save. The hitting star for USCA was second baseman David Vitko, 2-for-4 with a run and RBI.
The Bobcats will now await the announcement for the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship Tournament field, to be held May 13-17.
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