FLORENCE, S.C. – Hopes for a Georgia College Baseball (33-17) repeat as Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Champions came to a close Saturday, as the Bobcats fell to Columbus State University (41-12) 4-3.
The PBC Tournament has moved to pool play this season, with four teams in each pool. The No. 4-seed Bobcats, No. 1-seed Cougars and No. 8-seed University of North Georgia each finishing 2-1. The Cougars advance to the title game based on the tiebreak of best regular-season conference finish.
Columbus State nabbed a run each in the second and third innings to inch in front. A safety squeeze helped CSU in the second, and in the third the Cougars doubled their advantage with a bases-loaded walk.
A two-run fifth for Georgia College tied the game, as leftfielder Garrett Green (Bogart, Georgia) plated the first run with a single and centerfielder Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) scored another with a sacrifice fly. The Cougars answered right back with two in the bottom of the fifth to make their lead 4-2.
That lead held to the ninth, where alternating outs and walks put runners on first and second with two down. Designated hitter Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia) tagged a single to center to cut the lead in half, but the rally stopped there in a 4-3 finish.
Sophomore righty Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek, Georgia) had a solid start, going five innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts in falling to 7-3. Classmate Trevor Guthrie (Cumming, Georgia) threw the final three frames scoreless, helping keep the Bobcats close.
CSU advances to play No. 2-seed Lander University in the title game Sunday.
The Bobcats now await at-large selection for the NCAA Southeast Regional. Two of the three automatic bids have been decided, giving slots to Catawba College and the University of Mount Olive. After the PBC title game tomorrow, there will be four at-large bids up for grabs. The NCAA Division II Baseball Regional selection show runs on NCAA.com Sunday, May 15 at 10 p.m.
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