By: Reid Van Woert, Sports Information Graduate Assistant
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Georgia College Baseball team (17-8, 5-5 PBC) lost a heartbreaker on the road against Young Harris College (10-15, 4-6 PBC) Friday evening after a walk-off home run from Mountain Lion designated hitter Brett Westmoreland. The Bobcats held a 5-1 lead in the seventh inning, but three late Mountain Lion home runs surged them to victory, 6-5.
It was a pretty even matchup with Georgia College scoring five runs on nine hits against the six runs on eight hits from Young Harris. The Mountain Lions caught fire late in the game and managed to come away with the win.
The Bobcats got on the board first, posting a three-spot in the third inning. Freshman Cal Gentry (Perry) drove in the first run for Georgia College with a sacrifice fly followed by a two-run double from senior Brandon Benson (Loganville) to put the Bobcats up 3-0 after three.
The three run Bobcat lead carried over until the top of the sixth where they managed to tack on two more with a two-run blast from Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) to take a 5-0 advantage. Young Harris pushed one across in the bottom to cut lead to 5-1.
The Mountain Lions began their comeback in the bottom of the seventh when they cut the deficit to just one after a three-run shot from Tyler Washington.
With Georgia College up 5-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Young Harris smacked a solo home run to knot things up at 5-5. The Bobcats were shut down in the top of the ninth, but the Mountain Lions kept their momentum rolling, Westmoreland ending the game with a walk-off solo home run.
Junior Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) had a solid outing for Georgia College tossing six-plus innings while allowing four earned on six hits and three strikeouts. The numbers do not indicate the quality game that Hecht threw, with three of his runs coming off one swing of the bat late in the game.
The Bobcats will conclude their series with a doubleheader against Young Harris Saturday, March 25 at 12 p.m., a change from the original schedule to get ahead of a rainy forecast scheduled for Sunday.
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