MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (14-13) saw a late rally come up just short in an 11-8 loss to No. 7 Erskine College (26-3) Wednesday at John Kurtz Field.
The home run ball downed the Bobcats, as Erskine sent four over the wall, including a pair by catcher Hanlon Maivelett.
Erskine scored seven total runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take over the game. After another pair in the eighth, Georgia College rallied for three in the bottom of the ninth, ripping a line drive out to third with the tying run at the plate to end the game.
Catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Michigan) went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run, tagging a double. First baseman Clay Ardeeser (Loganville) hit a home run as part of his 2-for-5 day, scoring two runs and driving in one.
Third baseman Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) had two hits in four trips, plating a pair and scoring another, while second baseman Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) had three singles and a run scored. Centerfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans) had a double among his two hits, driving in two as well.
Bobcat reliever Bryce Bush (Phoenix, Arizona) took the loss in an inning of work, falling to 1-2. The win went to Erskine reliever Noah Hinzman (2-0) throwing six innings and fanning 10 Bobcats.
The Georgia College baseball team is back in action Friday, March 27 at 6 p.m., playing host to Barry University.
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