May 30, 2009
ATLANTA – Jimmy Reyes scattered eight hits over eight innings and fanned a career-high 14 batters, and Cory Harrilchak’s sixth-inning homer snapped a 3-3 tie to lift Elon over Georgia State, 4-3, Saturday in an elimination game in the NCAA Atlanta Baseball Regional at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Phoenix (41-17) advanced in the loser’s bracket to face the loser of Saturday night’s game between Georgia Tech and Southern Miss, a game which will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Panthers were eliminated and completed their season at 39-22.
Reyes (8-0), who posted his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season, remained undefeated by shutting out the Panthers over his last five innings of work. He retired nine in a row at one point and allowed only one runner past second after the third inning.
GSU put runners at first and third with two out in the seventh inning, but he fanned Derek Simmons on a breaking pitch to end the threat. Reyes completed his start by setting the Panther down in order in the eighth.
Daniel Britt pitched the ninth, giving up one hit, and earned his second save. The Panthers tried to mount a rally when Marc Mimeault singled to open the frame. He moved to second on Brandon Williams’ sacrifice, but was stranded there after Carl Moniz lined out to right field and Michael McCree grounded out to third base.
Elon second baseman Bennett Davis was a hitting star for the second straight game in the tournament. After hitting three homers in the Phoenix’ first-round game Friday, the senior from Katy, Texas, belted his fourth home run of the tournament, a two-run shot, as Elon struck for three two-out runs in the first.
The Panthers answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, getting a solo homer from Derek Simmons and an RBI-double from Matt Van Horn, then tied the game at 3-3 in the third when Nick Hogan singled and made his way around to score on a ground out.
GSU starter Ryan Moore (7-2) suffered the loss after giving up Harrilchak’s round-tripper in the sixth. The junior from Kennesaw, Ga., had settled down after giving up the round-tripper to Davis, retiring the next 11 batters and 13 of the next 14 through the fifth. He went seven innings, giving up six hits while fanning four. He did not walk a batter.