COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (33-17) led from pillar to post to take the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Championship Sunday 10-6 over Armstrong State University (34-14). The win gives GC Baseball PBC Tournament titles in two of the last three seasons.
The No. 8-seed Bobcats scored runs in each of the first three innings, including a seven-run explosion in the third. Georgia College has now won two PBC Tournament Championships all-time, one as a No. 7-seed in 2013 and one as a No. 8-seed this season. Both championships have come with head coach Tom Carty at the helm.
Georgia College sent 10 batters to the plate in the third, bringing in seven runs on six hits, one error and a walk. Rightfielder Jake Sandlin (Evans) had a two-run single to start the scoring in the third, while Clay Ardeeser (Loganville) added a three-run home run and Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Michigan) a solo shot.
The Pirates inched close by scoring all six of their runs in the fifth through seventh innings to cut the lead to 9-6, but the rally ended there.
PBC Tournament MVP Sandlin was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, joining Ardeeser and Hazel on the All-Tournament Team. Ardeeser had three hits in five trips plating four runs and scoring once. Leftfielder Colton Montgomery (Cartersville) finished the day 2-for-5 with a run.
Reliever Jordan Brooks (Macon) picked up the win (4-0) in 1 2/3 innings of work as the Pirates scratched one run across. Reliever Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) got the final four outs while allowing just a single hit and no runs.
Armstrong starter Ryan Good fell to 5-2 as he was unable to escape that big third inning. First baseman R.J. Dennard had four hits and an RBI.
The Bobcats earn the PBC's automatic bid to the NCAA Southeast Regional, to be held next weekend. Tournament site and opponent details will be a part of the NCAA Division II Baseball selection show tonight at 10 p.m. located here: http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule .
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