#12 Georgia College Falls Short at #17 Blazers 8-7

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant

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VALDOSTA, Ga. For the second game in a row, the No. 12 Georgia College & State University baseball team (26-12) went extra innings, but this time on the losing end falling 8-7 at No. 17 Valdosta State University (32-12) in 13 innings Wednesday.

Rightfielder Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) had a team-best four hits for the Bobcats. Catcher BentonYaun (Marietta, Ga.) was second on team with three hits while second baseman Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) and designated hitter Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) finished with two hits a piece. The “Nightmare from Norcross” led the team scoring two runs.
After committing three errors in the first inning and allowing a run, the Bobcats battled back to score a run of themselves when Yaun tripled down the right field line to score Ward. The ‘Cats then were able to take the 3-1 lead in the fourth when Yaun scored off a Pirkle double. Pirkle then came across the plate on a Veyna single over the third baseman’s head.
 
The Bobcats were up 6-2 going into the ninth when the Blazers’ Jordan Yost hit a grand slam to send the game into extra innings.
 

In the top of the 13, Ward doubled to left center to bring Paul Bordon (Martinez, Ga.) across the plate to give the Georgia College the 7-6 advantage.

The Blazers’ Don DiPetta doubled to left-center field to score Chris Jones, who reached on a one-out single. After a walk, a Ryan Danbury single then sent DiPetta across the plate to give Valdosta State the 8-7 victory.  Righty Dillon Waters (Suwanee, Ga.) took the loss in relief (0-2), going 1 1/3 innings.
 
Georgia College travels to University of Montevallo for a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) showdown Saturday, April 17 in a doubleheader with the first game starting at 2 p.m.
 

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