By Justin Peacock, Sports Information Assistant
Bobcat Baseball Defeats Albany State University for First Win of Season, 11-0
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (1-3) picked up its first win of the young season Friday night against Albany State University (0-7). The Bobcats won 11-0 in their first game of a three-game series against the Golden Rams.
The Bobcats looked much more confident all over the diamond in the shutout. Sophomore pitcher Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) looked especially solid, only allowing one hit and walking two batters. Hechet tallied six strikeouts over seven innings of work.
Georgia College also got it going at the plate today with 15 hits, scoring 11 runs.
A big bat from Logan Mattix (Loganville) started the Bobcat offense on the day. Mattix crushed an inside-the-park home run off the top of the fence in right center in the first, giving the Bobcats an early lead that they never lost. The third inning was a rough one for Albany State. Bobcat senior Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) and catcher Brandon Purcell (Glennville) showcased their power, each of them going yard to center field.
The Bobcats would truly run away with it in the fifth inning scoring four runs, pushing their lead to 8-0. A double up the middle from Purcell scored both Matthew Miller (Escondido, California) and Cook. The inning started with a Cook walk, a single from Miller and stolen bases to put the pair in scoring position.
Miller joined the home run club with Mattix, Cook and Purcell, ripping a shot over the fence in right center bringing third baseman Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) and Cook around the bags to put the cherry on top for the Bobcat victory in the eighth. Miller, Purcell and Harris Lyons (Glendale, Arizona) led the team with three RBIs apiece, as Lyons also homered in the fifth.
Purcell finished 3-for-5, a triple shy of the cycle, with three RBIs and three runs. Lyons had two hits in four trips, three RBIs and a run, and Miller was 2-for-5 with three more RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
Bobcat Baseball hosts The Golden Rams again tomorrow Feb. 13 at 2 p.m at John Kurtz Field.
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