Interview with Dylan Cook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxo3TcDfj_0
By Angela Moryan, Sports Information Student Assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (9-7, 5-3 PBC) records another weekend home series win against No. 16 University of North Georgia (11-6, 4-4 PBC).
A nine-run seventh inning provided the difference in a 2-2 ballgame. Senior Tanner Geisel (Naperville, Illinois) started the inning with a solo home run, and, when the dust cleared 13 batters later, Georgia College led 11-2.
Right-handed sophomore Charlie Hecht (Johns Creek) started off the game on the mound, shutting down the Nighthawk batters until center fielder Steven Tomlinson knocked one over the fence to tie the game at 1-1. Hecht let another cross the plate in the sixth before getting replaced by fellow right-handed sophomore Cameron Busby (Grovetown). Busby was credited with the win, his third on the season, when he retired all five batters he saw.
Junior Kyle Ward (Rincon) let a couple more slip in but blocked the Nighthawks to a final four runs on the afternoon. Freshman Brooks Luther (Dallas) also recorded a strike out, and junior Grant Khan (Richmond, Texas) closed out the game in the ninth with the final out.
At the plate, the Bobcats came out strong with lead-off single for freshman Wesley Wommack (Monroe). He was brought around the diamond for the first Bobcat score by teammate sophomore Brandon Purcell (Glennville), who recorded three hits, two runs and two RBIs in his four at bats for the afternoon. The Bobcats tried to extend their lead in the second but left the bases loaded with no scoreboard movement.
After a quiet third and fourth for the Bobcats, senior Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) lead off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to put the Bobcats on top again. Not long after, North Georgia pushed in another runner, tying up the game at two runs a piece.
The bottom of the seventh is when the Bobcats really came alive, recorded nine runs in that inning alone. Geisel started the frenzy with another Bobcat solo home run, adding to his team-leading .435 batting average. Three walks and one hit batter with bases loaded brought in four more Bobcats. Georgia College sped through the lineup, four Bobcats batting twice in one inning. The entire top half plus two each recorded an RBI in that inning, junior Brandon Benson (Loganville) coming up with the most after a single allowed Geisel and Purcell to score.
The 11-4 victory adds another "W" to the Bobcats' previously 4-3 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) record. They look for a sweep with Sunday's early afternoon game, the third and last of the series against North Georgia. The Bobcats throw the first pitch at 1 p.m. at Milledgeville's John Kurtz Field.
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