By: Michael Hokanson, Sports Information Assistant
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Georgia College Baseball (11-8, 6-5 PBC) started the weekend series against the No. 10 Columbus State University Cougars (18-4, 61 PBC) with an extra-inning loss, 14-13. The teams tied up the game in four separate innings before a final run from the Cougars ended the game in the 10th inning.
Columbus State secured a solid five-run lead during the team's initial at-bat with a two-run double and a home run that sent three Cougars to the plate. However, the Bobcats immediately caught up with five runs in the second. After a scoreless third inning, the Bobcats broke the tie with a single run, but the Cougars immediately tied the game again with a home run.
Georgia College broke the second tie when center fielder Brandon Cody (San Clemente, California) sent the ball soaring over the fence, his first home run this season. The following inning, second baseman Dylan Cook (Portola Valley, California) repeated Cody's performance when he cracked a home run of his own.
Georgia College continued to increase their lead in the seventh when Cook sent in two runs with a single right before Matthew Miller (Escondido, California) added two more runs with the third Bobcat home run of the game.
The Cougars then started their comeback when three runs in the seventh and two more home runs in the eighth tied up the score again.
In the ninth inning, Georgia College pulled ahead again when Cook took advantage by scoring on a wild pitch, but another home run from Columbus State led to extra innings. The Cougars kept the Bobcats from scoring in the extra inning and a sixth home run from Columbus State marked a one-run loss for Georgia College.
Cook and Miller tied for the lead in in RBIs, each racking up four throughout the contest. Cody followed close behind with two while Wesley Wommack (Monroe) and Tanner Giesel (Naperville, Illinois) each had one apiece. Cook doubled twice against the Cougars and Wommack, Giesel, Brandon Benson (Loganville) and Garrett Green (Bogart) each doubled once in the game.
Reliever Jonathan McKinney (Marietta) had a good day on the mound during his four innings pitching. He recorded five strikeouts while only giving up a single hit to the Cougars.
The Bobcats continue the weekend series against Columbus State when the teams take the field tomorrow, March 12, at 3 p.m. for game two.
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