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PC Drops Heartbreaker to No. 11 Georgia, 5-4

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ATHENS, Ga. - The Presbyterian College baseball team came within one out of knocking off No.11 Georgia on Saturday afternoon, but a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth allowed the Bulldogs to escape in a heartbreaker, 5-4.

PC moves to 0-2 while Georgia improves to 2-0.

The Blue Hose took a 3-0 lead in the third and led until the game's final at-bat. Ahead 4-3 in the ninth, Gabe Grammer (Irmo, S.C.) took the mound to close. The senior fanned the inning's first batter but struck Levi Hyams with a pitch to put one aboard with one away.

Kyle Farmer then singled to move Hyams to second, but Grammer struck out Hunter Cole swinging to put victory within an out. The Bulldogs sent Brett DeLoach to the plate to replace Jared Walsh and the move paid off, as DeLoach doubled to left field to score both runners and end the game.

The PC pitching staff provided a strong outing, with starter Chandler Knox (Columbia, S.C.) allowing only two earned runs on six hits in five and one-third innings. Freshman Michael Ricchi (McKinney, Texas) relieved Knox and gave up only one hit in two and two-thirds innings of work. Each of PC's three pitchers struck out two batters.

Freshman Jay Lizanich (Greer, S.C.) drove in the first two runs of his collegiate career and Tony Micklon (Sumter, S.C.) added two RBI as well. Micklon paced the Blue Hose with two hits in three at-bats.

Georgia's Blake Dieterich received the win in two innings of work.

The first two innings passed with no scoring before PC struck in the third. Billy Motroni (Goose Creek, S.C.) and Brandon Paul (Augusta, Ga.) reached on a pair of singles and moved over on an Andrew Williams (Augusta, Ga.) groundout.

With two on base, Lizanich ripped a single to right field that plated Paul and Motroni and gave PC a 2-0 lead. Lizanich put himself in scoring position by stealing second and came home on a Micklon single to left to extend the Blue Hose lead, 3-0.

Georgia took advantage of two singles and an error to get two runs back in the fourth but the Blue Hose answered with one in the fifth.

Williams led off the frame with a single to left and took second on a passed ball. A wild pitch moved Williams to third and Micklon struck again, lifting a sacrifice fly to right. PC led after five, 4-2.

Georgia found the scoreboard in the sixth. A one-out double prompted Ricchi to enter the game for Knox. A groundout sent the runner to third and the Bulldog came home on a two-out single. Ricchi then secured the final out with PC's lead still alive, 4-3.

Ricchi kept the Georgia bats silent but the Bulldogs struck in the ninth to take the win.

The two sides finish the series on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Foley Field.


Georgia 5, Presbyterian College 4 (Feb 18, 2012 at Athens, Ga.)
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Presbyterian College 003 010 000  -  4  8  1      (0-2)
Georgia............. 000 201 002  -  5  9  0      (2-0)
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Pitchers: Presbyterian College - KNOX, Chandler; RICCHI, Michael(6); GRAMMER, Gabe(9) and
MICKLON, Tony. Georgia - Palazzone; Brown(5); Daniels(5); Ripple(6); Crumley(7); Dieterich(8)
and Delmonico; Stephens.
Win-Dieterich(1-0)  Loss-GRAMMER, Gabe(0-1)  T-2:51  A-1993
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 57 degrees
Brown faced 2 batters in the 5th.

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