CARY, N.C. – The No. 4 Georgia College & State University baseball team (42-17) dropped a 3-2 decision to No. 9 University of Southern Indiana (51-14) Friday in the semifinals of the 2010 Division II College World Series, ending an outstanding season for the Bobcats.
The loss brought the season to a close for Georgia College, one of the best in recent memory, taking both the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship and the NCAA Southeast Region title. The Bobcats battled back with three victories in elimination games, but couldn't get the fourth to advance to the National Championship game Saturday.
“We just got outplayed today,” said GCSU head coach Tom Carty. “They did a lot of things really well; they beat us in every phase of the game. Not that we played poorly, they just played a little better. I think we ran out of gas a little bit.”
“I'm just really proud of our team. The fact that we're here is a tribute to my 12 seniors and my coaching staff and all the guys here. I'm real pleased with the season, not pleased with the outcome today, but I think today we got beat by a better team right now.”
The Bobcats jumped out in front of the Screaming Eagles early in this one, putting up runs in the first and third for a quick 2-0 lead. Georgia College manufactured its runs, getting one by a fielder's choice groundout and the other via a sacrifice fly.
USI answered with two in the fifth, then got an RBI single from All-American catcher Dylan Mooney in the seventh to pick up the 3-2 lead and eventually the win.
Lefthanded reliever Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was tabbed with the loss, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over two. He struck out three while falling to 3-5.
Senior All-American centerfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) scored one of the two runs after he doubled. Leftfielder Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) provided the other when he reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on third baseman Steve Muoio's (Rochester, N.Y.) sacrifice fly.
Righthander Taylor Dennis (12-1) went seven innings in the win, fanning three and allowing one earned run. Wandy Rosario tossed the last two for his 15th save.
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