ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A seven-run second pushed the No. 6 Georgia College Baseball team (40-10) out in front and the Bobcats hung on after a Lander University (16-33) rally for a 9-6 victory to start the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament Friday.
A solo home run by Nathan Schreckengost got the scoring started in the second, and the Bobcats answered in a big way.
All seven runs were scored with two out. Designated hitter John Davis (Marietta) sliced a double down the right field line to score two runs to get the ball rolling for the Bobcats. All-PBC second baseman Nate Schmal (Cumming) added an RBI single, and then All-PBC rightfielder Wesley Wommack (Monroe) blasted a three-run shot to right center to double the lead to 6-0. PBC Player of the Year Logan Mattix (Loganville) added another run on a single to cap the inning.
"Baseball is such a game of momentum," said head coach Jason Eller. "That seven-spot was huge. John Davis came up with a big hit, and Wesley Wommack took a change-up over the wall to really help us settle in."
Lander had a three-run fourth and a two-run eighth, but could get no closer as the Bobcat staff held the Bearcats at arm's length. PBC Pitcher of the Year Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) improved to 11-0 with seven innings of work, allowing six runs and fanning nine. Hecht's fourth strikeout of the day gave the senior 279 in his career, snapping the school record for strikeouts, set by Cary Rivers in 1986.
He turned it over to Matt Studdard (Conyers) for a scoreless eighth, and All-PBC reliever Bradly Cammack (Soperton) and Logan Howard (Cumming) for the ninth. Howard got one out for his fifth save this season.
Wommack was nearly unstoppable, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs. All-PBC first baseman Matthew Miller (San Diego, California) was 2-for-4 with two runs, and Mattix finished 2-for-4 as well with a run and an RBI.
The Bobcats move to 1-0 in pool play, and will be back in action Saturday, May 12 at 5 p.m. against the University of North Georgia.
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