MONTGOMERY, Ala. – For the second straight night, one of the most prolific offenses in all of Division II was held in check as No. 27 Georgia College Baseball (30-13) fell at Auburn University-Montgomery (27-22) 3-2 Saturday in 10 innings.
The Bobcats actually out-hit their opponents 13-9, but a chopper to the right side in the bottom of the 10th provided the game-winning run as the Warhawks gambled, sending a runner from second to score.
The Bobcats scored first in the first on an infield single of their own from rightfielder Wesley Wommack (Monroe, Georgia). Centerfielder Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia) reached on a fielder's choice, took second on a steal then added third base when the catcher's throw sailed into center, setting up Wommack for the first run.
AUM got back in front by plating a pair in the fifth, both coming in on a single by second baseman Michael Tedford.
Georgia College tied it back up in the eighth, when Cal Gentry (Perry, Georgia) and Brandon Benson (Loganville, Georgia) had back-to-back singles with one out. Mattix followed with a double to left, plating Gentry for the 2-2 tie. The Bobcats couldn't bring Mattix in for the lead, leaving him stranded at second. The Bobcats had runners on in the ninth and 10th as well, but couldn't get that go-ahead score.
In the bottom of the 10th, Donovan Chandler led off with a walk for the Warhawks, then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Pinch hitter Trey Matherson chopped one to the right side, just barely reaching the outfield grass, and Chandler never hesitated, evading a tag at the plate with a head-first slide for the win.
Starters Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek, Georgia) and Garrett Deloney were both impressive, Hecht going a full nine and Deloney 8 1/3 innings, with neither factoring in the decision. Warhawk reliever Seth Arroyo (2-5) got the win in 1 2/3 innings of work, while Bobcat sophomore Perry Keith (LaGrange, Georgia) took the loss, falling to 2-2.
Benson and Gentry finished with three hits apiece, while Mattix added a pair of hits, a run and an RBI. First baseman Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington) also went 2-for-4 with a single and double.
With the loss here in game two, the Bobcats will drop the three-game series with AUM, the first series lost by Georgia College since the last weekend of February at Flagler College. The Bobcats will look to avoid the sweep at AUM tomorrow, April 30 at 2 p.m. eastern.
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