Grizzlies' rally falls short at Southern Poly

LAWRENCEVILLE — Junior Phillip Bates, a Central Gwinnett grad, had four hits to lead the Georgia Gwinnett baseball team out of a 6-0 hole Sunday, but the comeback fell just short in a 7-5 defeat to Southern Polytechnic.

Antonio Allen and Christian Van Camp each added two hits as the Grizzlies scored all five of their runs over the final four innings.

Georgia Gwinnett tallied 11 hits and drew eight walks but left 16 runners on base in falling to 27-22 on the year. The Hornets moved to 35-16 by taking the final of the teams’ six meetings this season.

A three-run fifth inning helped Southern Poly out to a 6-0 advantage as GGC starter Frank Warren suffered just his third defeat of the season.

Jereid Woods scored twice as the Grizzlies tallied two runs in the sixth, one in the eighth and two more in the ninth.

Bates and Angelo Lombardo each had RBIs for GGC, but four defensive errors helped drop the Grizzlies to 12-13 on the road.

The team’s busy final week of the season begins Monday with a 6 p.m. start at Lee University (Tenn.). The Grizzlies’ final home series begins Friday against Loyola University New Orleans.