CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Georgia Gwinnett College baseball team fell victim to the nation’s top pitching team Monday evening in a 4-1 loss at second-ranked Lee University.
The Grizzlies amassed seven hits and tied the game in the fifth on an RBI single from Robbie Payne but stranded 10 runners on base in the defeat.
Lee, which has spent much of the season atop the NAIA Top 25, boasts the nation’s lowest team ERA at 2.01.
Grizzlies starter Tyler Carpenter struck out six batters over 7.1 innings.
Single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth helped the Flames improve to 39-10 on the year. GGC fell to 27-23.
Antonio Allen and Christian Van Camp each had two hits to lead the GGC attack.
With the Grizzlies trailing 1-0, Phillip Bates, Allen and Payne strung together two-out singles in the fifth inning to tie the game.
Jereid Woods drew a pair of walks and added a hit but GGC couldn’t produce another score the rest of the way.
Lee moved to 27-5 at home on the season.
The Grizzlies have adjusted their schedule the rest of the week.
The team will still play again at Lee Tuesday at 4 p.m., but has moved up its action against Young Harris College to Wednesday evening. The Grizzlies and Mountain Lions will play two seven-inning games, beginning at 6 p.m.
On Friday, the Grizzlies begin their final home series with a 7 p.m. start against Loyola University New Orleans. The series now wraps up with a single 1 p.m. game on Saturday.