Seminole State’s first trip to the NJCAA College World Series in five years ended Sunday with a 16-6, 4 1/2-inning run-rule setback to Middle Georgia at Suplizio Field.

Seminole State, which dropped an 11-8 decision to Cowley County Saturday in its Series’ opener, appeared to be in good shape against Middle Georgia after opening a 6-1 lead after 2 1/2 innings.

But Middle Georgia recorded six runs in the third, then piled on nine runs in the fourth to conclude the scoring and end Seminole State’s season at 39-19.


Seminole State’s first trip to the NJCAA College World Series in five years ended Sunday with a 16-6, 4 1/2-inning run-rule setback to Middle Georgia at Suplizio Field.
Seminole State, which dropped an 11-8 decision to Cowley County Saturday in its Series’ opener, appeared to be in good shape against Middle Georgia after opening a 6-1 lead after 2 1/2 innings.
But Middle Georgia recorded six runs in the third, then piled on nine runs in the fourth to conclude the scoring and end Seminole State’s season at 39-19.
Seminole State starter Dustin Andrews went just two innings and Jerod Peper, one of four Trojan relievers, absorbed the loss.
The Trojans took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a one-out single by Ky Burgess, a double to right center by James Lavinskas and a two-run single to right field by David Jackson.
After Middle Georgia notched a single run in the second, the Trojans collected six hits in the third while tallying four runs — all with two outs and all after David Chester singled to right and was gunned down at second trying to stretch the hit into a double.
A triple by Lavinskas was followed by an RBI single through the right side by Jackson. Jackson stole second and scored on Peper’s single up the middle. After an infield single by Reggie York put runners at first and second, Kyle Sisney ripped a two-run double to right center for the 6-1 advantage.
That joy didn’t last long as Middle Georgia combined six hits with a hit batsman for six runs and a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the third. The big hit was a two-out, three-run double to left center by Jacob Dalfonso.
The fourth inning was even more of a nightmare for Seminole State as Middle Georgia combined seven hits with two errors and a hit batsman for the nine-spot.
Down 16-6 entering the fifth, the Trojans loaded the bases but failed to score and the run-rule came into effect.
Victorious hurler Chris Newell permitted 11 hits and six runs (all earned) in five innings. He didn’t issue a walk and fanned four as Middle Georgia avoided elmination.
Lavinskas, from Montreal, and Jackson, from Rowlett, Texas, led Seminole State’s offense at 3-for-3 apiece. Lavinskas scored twice while Jackson drove in three runs and scored once.
No other Trojan had more than one hit.
Middle Georgia accumulated 16 hits in just four innings as Shawn Ward and Josh Vinings led the way with three apiece. Four other Middle Georgia players finished with two hits apiece.
Seminole State was making its first World Series appearance since 2004.