Baseball falls in postseason opener
by Cody Parker, Sports Editor
The UNCP baseball team got knocked out of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament by Georgia College on May 10 by a final score of 13-7.
Both teams came out swinging the bats extremely well. The teams combined for nine runs in the opening inning with three going to the Braves in the top half of the inning. Dalton Knight singled to bring in two of those runs and Ben Schmucker brought in Jordan Edgerton on a single.
Georgia College really swung the momentum back in their favor quickly by putting up six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Three of those runs came off a fielding error.
Before the Black and Gold could get on the board again, the Bobcats added seven more runs to their lead. One run came in the third, five came in the fourth inning and they put up another in the fifth.
The Braves scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to bring them close enough to challenge the lead.
Ryan Sabalaskey led Georgia College with four hits in the game, while Clay Ardeeser had a game high three RBIs. The Bobcats whole lineup produced in the win as seven players had at least one RBI.
Edgerton, Knight and Schmucker led the Braves with two RBIs each in the loss.
This is the first time since 2010 that the Black and Gold have lost in their postseason opener.
Finishing with 33 wins on the season, it is also the 10th straight season the Braves have finished with 30 or more wins while being led by Head Coach Paul O’Neill.