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Local college notes: Conference title on line for Mercer

In its first season in the Southern Conference, the Mercer baseball team has a chance to claim the regular-season championship.

And that comes down to the final week of the regular season.

The Bears are 29-20 overall and 14-6 in conference play. They host Samford in a three-game series starting Thursday to wrap up the regular season. The Bulldogs (28-22 overall) are in second place in the conference at 13-8, while Wofford (35-18, 12-8) still has a chance at the title, as well. The Terriers play last-place East Tennessee State this week.

If Mercer wins two games in the series, it will clinch the conference title. If it wins one game and Wofford fails to sweep, the Bears will claim the championship.

Mercer and Wofford split their two games with the third game cancelled because of weather.

The Bears hold a 34-26 all-time lead in their series with the Bulldogs. Samford leads the country with 70 home runs, while Mercer is eighth with 57.

MAKING HISTORY

The Georgia College softball team is headed to the NCAA Division II Super Regionals for the first time.

The Bobcats (47-9) won the Southeast Regional No. 2 title Sunday and will travel to North Georgia starting Friday. The first game is set for 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by a doubleheader Saturday.

The Bobcats lost all three of their games with the Nighthawks this season, including the Peach Belt Conference tournament title game.

CHAMPIONSHIP CHASE

The Georgia College baseball team (33-17) claimed its second Peach Belt tournament title in three seasons Sunday to earn a spot in the Division II Southeast Regional.

Georgia College is seeded fourth in the regional and will play third-seeded North Georgia at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Catawba is the No. 1 seed and the host, and it will face No. 6 North Greenville. No. 2 Mount Olive opens against No. 5 Wingate.

SPRING GAME

The GMC spring football game is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday at Davenport Field. Admission is free.

GMC finished 6-4 last season as head coach Bert Williams set the program record for career wins.

Williams is 119-41 in 15 seasons with the Bulldogs.

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