|PBC TOURNEY SITE|
PALATKA, Fla. – A tight contest was busted open in the top of the ninth Saturday, as No. 5-seed Georgia College baseball (26-20) lost to No. 8-seed Georgia Southwestern State University (23-29) 9-2 Saturday in pool play at the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament.
The Bobcats fall to 1-1 in the pool, with a game scheduled for tonight against No. 1-seed University of North Georgia. GSW is the lone undefeated team in Pool A at 2-0, and plays No. 4-seed Young Harris College to try and clinch a title game spot.
GSW jumped in front in the third 1-0, but Georgia College answered with a leadoff double from Shane Connahan (Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania), eventually scoring on a groundout.
The fourth brought a solo home run to right for rightfielder Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia) as the senior blasted his ninth of the season to give GC a 2-1 advantage. That lead would hold until the eighth.
There, an RBI single from designated hitter Andy Moore tied the game. In the ninth, the wheels fell off for the Bobcats, as GSW scored seven runs by sending 12 hitters to the plate.
Georgia College reliever Colin LoCurto (Kennesaw, Georgia) was the hard-luck loser (2-1). The senior entered with one out and two on in the third, and bounced his first batter into a double play to get out of the jam. LoCurto would eventually work into the ninth, spinning 5 2/3 innings with just four hits and a walk, fanning six. LoCurto would allow two runs, including a leadoff walk in the ninth before getting replaced. That run would eventually come in to score. LoCurto set down 10 in a row at one point in as he kept the slim 2-1 Bobcat lead.
The pool play continues today and if GSW can defeat YHC in the game currently in play, the Hurricanes will solidify a spot in the PBC Title game Sunday. If the Mountain Lions get the win, then the door is still open for Georgia College to defend its back-to-back PBC Tournament Championships.
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