By: Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (6-6, 3-2 PBC) kept the USC Aiken Pacers (10-3, 6-2 PBC) at bay for eight innings before the visiting team scored a late run to end the shutout and bring the final score to 8-1 in favor of the Bobcats.
The Bobcats gained an early lead thanks to an error from the Pacers that would have ended the inning. Georgia College took advantage of their good fortune and put three runs on the scoreboard before the end of the first.
While USC Aiken remained scoreless, the Bobcats added a single run in both the second and third innings before both teams went scoreless in the fourth.
Pitcher Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) dominated on the mound, keeping USC Aiken scoreless until the top of the ninth when a sacrifice fly sent a Pacer home. However, that would be the only run for USC Aiken and the Bobcats would claim victory against the Pacers for the second time this weekend.
Right fielder Matthew Miller (Escondido, California) was the lone Bobcat to send the ball over the fence with a home run in the eighth inning. First baseman Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) legged out the only double of the game when he lined a ball into center field. Second baseman Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) led the game in stolen bases, swiping three bags on the day.
Hecht's impressive performance on the mound earned him the win, improving his record to 2-1 on the season. Eight of his nine innings were scoreless, only giving up the one run in the bottom of the ninth. Hecht showed excellent command on the bump, collecting five strikeouts in the game to just three walked batters.
Georgia College baseball takes on USC Aiken for the final game of the weekend tomorrow, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. at John Kurtz Field.
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