ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. -- Despite a strong late-inning rally that forced the game into extra innings, Gordon State College fell 8-7 to Central Alabama Community College here Sunday afternoon to complete the season-opening home-and-home two-game series with the Trojans.
GSC (1-1) trailed 6-1 after four innings, but began to chip away at the CACC lead with a run in the fifth, two in the sixth, another solo run in the seventh and eventually tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the ninth with two runs.
GSC had a chance to take the lead in the top of the 10th, but had a runner thrown out at the plate.
That left the door open for CACC and the Trojans pushed across the winning run to walk off with the one-run victory.
GSC collected 16 hits in the game with Cole Phillips (Trion, Ga. / Trion HS) leading the way with three hits, including his second home run of the season, to go along with three runs batted in.
Jesse Sherrill (Pensacola, Fla. / Tate HS), Ali LaPread (Berkeley Lake, Ga. / Norcross, Ga.) and Hunter Marion (Zebulon, Ga. / Pike Co.) each had two hits for the Highlanders while Derek Wylie (Warner Robins, Ga. / Veterans HS) drove in a pair of runs.
Thomas Ross (Watkinsville, Ga. / Prince Avenue Christian School) started on the mound for GSC and went three innings while allowing five runs -- only one earned -- on seven hits and three strikeouts.
GSC is back in action on Monday as the Highlanders travel to Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, Ala., for a 1 p.m. ET game.