MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (4-6, 1-2 PBC) defeated the Flagler College Saints (4-5, 2-4 PBC) in the final game of the weekend series Sunday. The Bobcats used plenty of offense to get their first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) win, 14-7.
The Bobcats had a monumental first inning when a grand slam from Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) put himself and three other teammates across the plate. Two more runs in the same inning from Georgia College established an early six-run lead for the Bobcats. The Saints began their retaliation in the second, scoring two before adding four more in the third. A home run from Flagler tied the game up in the fourth inning, but Logan Mattix (Loganville) shattered the tie with a pinch-hit two-run home run. Brandon Purcell (Glennville) added two more runs the same inning when he sent two Bobcats home with a single. The Saints remained scoreless during the latter half of the game while the Bobcats added single runs in innings six through eight.
A home run in the sixth from right fielder Matthew Miller (Escondido, California) put him beside Giesel and Mattix as Bobcats with home runs this contest. Miller was also the only Georgia College player to double. Giesel led the team in RBIs with a whopping total of five against the Saints. Mattix, Miller, and Purcell followed with two RBIs each.
Reliever Bryce Bush (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the win against Flagler with three strikeouts and only a single run over 3 2/3 innings. Fellow relievers Grant Khan (Richmond Texas) and Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) added two and one scoreless inning, respectively.
Miller finished 3-for-5, while Mattix, second baseman Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California), Giesel, Purcell and leftfielder John Davis (Marietta) had two hits each. Every spot in the Bobcat order had at least one hit save one, as Georgia College rattled off 16 hits on the day.
Georgia College baseball returns to action when the Bobcats will take on the No. 24 USC Aiken Pacers in a three-game series beginning Friday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m.
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