HICKORY, N.C. – An 11-hit, eight-run performance wasn't enough to combat a pair of six-run innings, as No. 5 Georgia College baseball (20-7) lost at Lenoir-Rhyne University (7-24) 14-8 Tuesday night.
GC led 5-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, thanks in part to a two-run double by leftfielder Josh Young (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.) and RBI singles from shortstop Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) and rightfielder Shawn Ward (Evans, Ga.). The Bears took the advantage back with a six-run fourth.
LRU rattled off five hits in the inning, capped by a grand slam off the bat of first baseman Anthony Sully. The Bears made it 12-5 with another six run inning in the fifth, plating runs with the help of five singles.
GC made it 12-8 with three runs in the sixth aided by an LRU error, but two more runs in the seventh pushed it back out of reach.
Bobcat reliever Ryan Parson (Madison, Ga.) fell to 1-2 with less than an inning of work, while LRU pen man Blake Edmonson (1-0) got the win with a scoreless fifth inning. Sully finished with two hits and six RBI.
Ward was 3-for4 with two RBI, as Funk added a 2-for-4 effort with a pair of RBI as well. Young had one hit, but scored twice and drove in two.
The Bobcats complete the two-game set with Lenoir-Rhyne with a single game tomorrow, March 23 at 3 p.m.
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