YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (27-16, 13-11 PBC) split the doubleheader against Young Harris College (15-30, 9-20 PBC), with the Bobcats taking game one 10-3 and the Mountain Lions winning game two 6-5.
The first contest of the day, Georgia College sent Jake Anthony (Canton) to the mound, taking the game five innings. The senior gave up three earned runs on seven hits, fanning three Mountain Lions, while only walking one batter.
The Bobcats jumped on Young Harris in the first inning plating three runs, started by a Brandon Benson (Loganville) triple. Benson scored next off the bat of a Clay Ardeeser (Loganville) single. Georgia College kept the rally going as Logan Mattix (Loganville) was able to drive in Ardeeser and Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California).
Benson drove in both of the Bobcats' runs in the second inning, as he homered to leftfield, plating Tanner Geisel (Naperville, Illinois). The home run marks Benson's fifth on the season, good for fourth on the team.
The next big inning for Georgia College came in the eighth frame, putting four more runs on the board, with a big double off the bat of Ardeeser driving in two runs.
Justin Cooper of Young Harris was able to pitch seven innings, but received the loss, giving up eight earned runs on 13 Georgia College hits. William Leatherwood and Cody Ching for the Mountain Lions gave up the remaining runs, each pitching one inning a piece. The Bobcats took game one 10-3.
The second contest of the day saw a pitchers' duel for the first five innings of play. Georgia College's Cameron Busby (Grovetown) took the hill for the Bobcats, while Donald Frew threw for Young Harris.
Busby went five strong innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth as he fell victim to a big inning from the Mountain Lions, who put across four of their six runs.
The Bobcats attempted to rally back in the ninth frame of the contest with three runs of their own, kicked off by a Jake Sandlin (Evans) walk. Ardeeser would later blast a home run to right field, making the game a two run contest. Catcher Steve Hazel (Kentwood, Michigan) joined his teammate Ardeeser by hitting a home run of his own to right center field, bringing the game to one. Unfortunately, Georgia College was unable to overcome the arm of Frew, as he completed the game, allowing five runs on six hits, and striking out seven batters for the contest. Every run for Georgia College in game two scored on a round-tripper.
The Georgia College baseball team will be back in action Tuesday, April 28, as they travel to Valdosta State University for a 5 p.m. contest.
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