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Albany State eliminated from baseball playoffs

May 19, 2006

        The Albany State University Golden Rams baseball team was eliminated from the NCAA South Baseball Regional Tournament after losing to #5 Lynn University, 12-7, in the second round on Friday. 

        Lynn got on the scoreboard early in the first inning with five consecutive singles before George Brandner hit a grand slam to give the Knights a 5-0 lead. Lynn tacked on a run in the third inning and four in the fourth inning to take a 10-0 lead over Albany State. Lynn starter Andrew Majoros gave up six earned runs in seven innings and struck out five Rams.

        The Golden Rams cut Lynn’s lead to 10-3 after scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning off Ender Castro’s triple and Willie Watkins’ base hit. Stanley Bell started for the Golden Rams and allowed seven earned runs in five innings. He stuck out one Knight and walked nine.

        Both teams added a run in the sixth innings before the Golden Rams added three more runs in the seventh inning. The Knights added another run in the ninth inning to seal the 12-7 victory over the Golden Rams.

        The Knights advance to the third round to play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against the loser of the Florida Gulf Coast-Catawba game. FGCU and Catawba will play Friday at 7 p.m. The regional tournament is Sunday at 1 p.m.

        Winners of the eight regional championships will advance to the double-elimination championship finals on May 27-June 3 at Paterson Field in Montgomery, Ala. The finals are hosted by Valdosta State University and the city of Montgomery.

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