By: Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (0-3) ended its opening weekend against No. 1 University of Tampa with a loss of 16-14 after 11 innings of play.
Georgia College achieved a lead early in the contest when a double by leftfielder Wesley Wommack (Monroe) sent two Bobcats to score in the second inning. The Spartans retaliated, getting seven runs in the following three innings while keeping the Bobcats scoreless. After another four runs by Tampa in the seventh inning, Georgia College began its comeback when a single from Garrett Green (Bogart) while the bases were loaded added two runs to the Bobcat score. Logan Mattix (Loganville) followed Green's performance with a single of his own, earning an RBI.
The Bobcats tied the game at 12-12 in the eighth inning after a series of singles and walked batters put seven Bobcats across the plate. Tampa hoped to break the tie in the 10th inning by adding two runs, but Georgia College matched its performance, reestablishing the tie. However, back-to-back home runs the following inning secured the win for the Spartans, 16-14.
The only Bobcat to get a double at bat was Wommack in the second inning. Green led the team in RBIs with a total of three, while Wommack, Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois), and Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) followed with two each. Cook was also the only Bobcat to steal a base this contest.
Starting pitcher Logan Howard (Cumming) threw a scoreless second inning. Relievers Jonathan McKinney (Marietta), Bradley Spinner (Roswell), and Kyle Ward (Rincon) each had scoreless innings of their own while on the mound. Grant Khan (Richomond, Texas) walked away from the game with his first loss of the season (0-1) after allowing the two Spartan runs in the 11th.
The Bobcats will take the field again Friday, Feb. 12, when they take on the Golden Rams of Albany State University starting 4 p.m. for the first game of three for the weekend.
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