By: Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (5-6, 2-2 PBC) fended off a late-game comeback from the No. 8 USC Aiken Pacers (10-2, 6-1 PBC). The Bobcats defended their early lead and took the first game of the weekend series, 6-5.
The Bobcats came onto the field strong when a first-inning home run by Brandon Purcell (Glennville) created an early lead for Georgia College with three runs. The Pacers began to recover in the third inning with a two-run home run of their own, but the Bobcats retaliated with three runs that inning which included a home run by left fielder Wesley Wommack (Monroe). After a scoreless fourth, USC Aiken began to close in on the Georgia College lead when a double through the left side sent two Pacers home. Reliever Cameron Busby (Grovetown) held the Pacers at bay in innings six and seven, but a run from Aiken in the eighth shortened the Bobcat lead to a single run. A change in pitchers for Georgia College signaled victory when Chris Gammon (Chandler, Arizona) struck out three Pacer batters consecutively and secured a Bobcat win, 6-5.
Along with each home run, Purcell and Wommack were the only Georgia College players to record RBIs in the contest. Purcell added three to his total, and Wommack had one. Centerfielder Logan Mattix (Loganville) had the only double for the Bobcats for the evening.
Starter Jonathan McKinney (Marietta) gave up only two runs in his four innings on the mound. Reliever pitcher Busby was given tonight's win, improving to 2-1. He pitched three innings and only gave up three hits and a single run. Gammon was tagged with his second save of the season due to his three strikeouts in the ninth.
Georgia College baseball returns tomorrow, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. to face off with USC Aiken for the second game in this weekend's three-game series.
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