LEWISTON, Idaho – The Georgia Gwinnett College baseball team is fighting for its postseason survival after a 15-9 loss to top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan University on Monday at the NAIA World Series.
The No. 5-seeded Grizzlies (47-12) will play in a loser’s bracket game Tuesday at 2 p.m. against No. 9 seed Bellevue.
Tennessee Wesleyan (54-9) connected on three home runs to build a 15-3 advantage. Shamoy Christopher did most of the damage, hitting two homers among his three hits in four plate appearances.
GGC had taken a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning following RBI base hits from sophomore Cam Coursey and senior C.J. Ballard.
Then, Christopher sent the first of his two round-trippers over the right field fence in the top of the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 3-2. One inning later, Anthony Williams connected on a grand slam to give the Bulldogs a 6-3 advantage.
Christopher hit a two-run home run during a six-run seventh inning.
The Grizzlies didn’t go down without a fight, scoring six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, with Nick Barnes hitting a grand slam home run over the left field fence. That followed run-scoring singles by pinch hitters Ali LaPread and Brandon Robinson.
GGC also loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning before a double play ended the game.