By: Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (6-7, 3-3 PBC) ended their weekend series against USC Aiken (11-3, 7-2 PBC) with a close loss Sunday afternoon. While the Bobcats caught up to the Pacers' early lead, Aiken pulled ahead in the final innings and left with a single win, 8-6. The Bobcats take their first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) series of the 2016 season from the conference-leading Pacers, 2-1.
A first inning home run that sent three Pacers across the plate set up an early lead for USC Aiken. The Bobcats added their first run in the second inning when a sacrifice fly from Harris Lyons (Glendale, Arizona) let a teammate score. The Pacers widened the gap with another home run in the third, andding two more runs to the scoreboard. Georgia College counter-attacked in the fourth manufacturing four runs to tie up the game, 5-5. Two scoreless innings passed before the Pacers regained the lead with yet another two-run home run. A walked batter with bases loaded for Georgia College reduced Aiken's lead by one, but a sacrifice fly from the Pacers put them back ahead by two in the eighth. The game concluded after a scoreless ninth and the Pacers left with a single win for the weekend, 8-6.
Second baseman Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) and third baseman John Davis (Marietta) led the Bobcats in RBIs with two apiece. Lyons and Wesley Wommack (Monroe) each drove in a single run during the contest. Rightfielder Matthew Miller (Escondido, California) had the lone extra-base hit for Georgia College, a double, as the Bobcats scratched across runs in today's action. Cook and Miller each went 3-for-5 today.
Reliever Cameron Busby (Grovetown) was tagged with the loss against Aiken, though he had two scoreless innings and two strikeouts his three frames. Busby evens his record at 2-2.
Georgia College baseball will be back in action on the road when they take on Shorter University Wednesday, March 2, at 2 p.m.
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