by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College & State University baseball team (11-8, 4-2 PBC) fell 6-5 to Lenoir-Rhyne University (12-11, 6-3 SAC) Tuesday night at John Kurtz Field.
The Bobcats managed to only get seven hits as outfielder Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) led the squad with three (3-for-4). He finished the game with two RBI, ripping a solo blast in the fourth. The reigning Georgia College and Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Athlete of the Week, Harrell has three home runs on the season and extended his hit streak to six games.
Second baseman Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) hit a two-run single in the fourth to get Georgia College within two runs of Lenior-Rhyne, with the score 5-3.
At the top of the seventh, the Bears scored one run as Alex Cooks hit a home run to right field.
The Bobcats struck back, scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning. First baseman and Brunswick, Ga. native Matt Pitts hit a double to right center to bring Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) and Brett George (Dacula, Ga.) across the plate as Georgia College got within one, 6-5.
Georgia College had opportunities to take the lead as they left 11 runners on base, but were unable to get the big hit when needed.
Redshirt-junior Jason Nicholas (Wright City, Mo.) got the start for the ‘Cats going three innings allowing five runs off five hits. The lefty (0-1) managed seven strikeouts as he faced 17 batters. Ryan Haynie (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) shared reliving duties and both men tallied five strikeouts each.
Lenior-Rhyne was led by Cooks’ three hits (3-for-5), three RBI and two runs scored. Tony Garcia (1-0) got the win in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless work, and Chris Henderson picked up the save by throwing the ninth.
GCSU finishes the two-game set Wednesday, March 17 against Lenoir-Rhyne with a 2 p.m. start.
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